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Thousands of planes in Lakeland for Sun ’n Fun Fly-In

Published:   |   Updated: April 12, 2013 at 01:05 PM

Aviation fans may want to bring an umbrella if they’re heading to Lakeland for the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo this weekend.

The National Weather Service forecasts a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today and Saturday, with slightly clearer skies Sunday as the Fly-In wraps up.

The event, which opened Tuesday, is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport for one the largest aviation exhibitions in the country.

The expo will be open tonight until 8, Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $37; $15 for ages 11 to 17 and free for 10 and younger. Florida residents receive $12 off adult admission Sunday.

Thousands of vintage and experimental aircraft are on display in exhibits on the ground, and stunt-filled air shows are scheduled for 3 p.m. each day.

Today and Saturday’s schedule includes fireworks and a nighttime air show shortly after sunset.

There’s also live music, food, workshops, aviation parts exchanges, movie screenings and admission to the Florida Air Museum.

A daily schedule of events is available at sun-n-fun.org.

Among the new air show performers this year are the Geico Skytypers, a squad of pilots who fly six of the world’s 11 remaining World War II-era SNJ-2 planes and “type” messages in the sky that are 1,000 feet tall and can be seen up to 15 miles away.

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