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Florida, Lakeland - Florida Air Museum at Sun'n Fun

The Florida Air Museum is a Mecca of aviation history, both general aviation aircraft and military aircraft, as well as a great education center including a fine research library. The Sun ‘N Fun Aviation Foundation was founded as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in 1987, and the ground breaking ceremony for the Sun ‘N Fun Air Museum was held in November 1991. The doors officially opened on 6 April 1992. In 2002, the Sun ‘N Fun Museum name was changed to the Florida Air Museum. It continues today with the goal to keep expanding into the future as a venue for greater involvement and outreach to the world of general aviation and the dynamics of all areas of aviation.
On display at the museum at various times, are some 55 different aircraft, most of which are in flyable condition. The Buehler Restoration Center keeps the aircraft flying as well as having a continuous restoration effort going on for other projects. The center is manned throughout the year with volunteers that take on the projects and see them to completion. The 8,000 square foot, air conditioned center was dedicated at the 2006 Sun ‘N Fun fly-in. One of the Center’s more recent project was the restoration of the Lockheed XFV-1 “Vertical Riser,” which has long been a landmark on the Sun ‘N Fun campus. Other projects previously completed include a 1936 Aeronca LB to airworthy condition, the extensive restoration of the Florida Air Museum’s Stitts Playmate, and the construction of a 7/8 scale 1918 British SE5A fighter-scout biplane that now hangs in the Lakeland Linder Airport terminal building.



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