Sun N Fun Fly-in and Airshow kicks off the summer flying season every year in Lakeland, Florida. I was lucky enough to attend for a second year in a row. The weather was forecast to be perfect this year so we were able to camp right under the wing of the 195. Waking up to the sound of the Blue Angels starting their engines for practice is the best alarm clock in the world, hands down!
Last year, the government put a large damper on the airshow season by canceling all the military performances (Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, Demos, etc.) due to sequestration. The military acts are, and have always been, my favorite part of any airshow. After not seeing, nor hearing, any jets up close in over 12 months you can imagine my elation getting to hear that beautiful sound once again!
These fly-ins are also a huge family reunion. All our aviation friends are usually in attendance and it is great to get to see everyone. It is also a great way to meet new people. This year we met a TON of new people and made many new lifelong friends.
Sun N Fun usually coincides with the first wild weather of the season. This year was no exception. We hit quite a few storms on the way back grounding us for a night in south Alabama. We lucked out and just missed the hail and strong winds, though we flew over quite a bit of damage on the way home.
Overall, it was a great kick off to the flying season! I cannot wait to see what this summer has in store for Ashley, me, and our aviation adventures. I have a feeling it is going to be a great summer!