The Last Week of Fantasy of Flight (as we know it)

The Last Week of Fantasy of Flight (as we know it)

Postby expat1 on Mon 07 Apr 2014, 9:45 pm

I spent a couple of days at Sun n Fun last week and while attending the 'Splash-in' at 'Kermit's Place' I was lucky enough to see a few of his beautifully restored aircraft in the air. Most of these are being flown by the man himself.

First up was the Grumman Wildcat - N222FM.
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This beautiful New Standard D-25 spent many years providing rides for visitors to the museum.
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This Boeing N2S-4 Kaydet - NC67412, was also taking people for a quick hop around the local area.
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Kermit Weeks then flew two of his Flying Boats onto the lake for the Sun n Fun, 'Splash-in'. Shame he couldn't get the Sandringham out on the water too.

First he arrived in the Grumman Duck - N1214N.
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Then after driving back to the hangar he showed up in the highlight for many. The Sikorsky S-39C - NC50V.
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Sadly, Fantasy of Flight is now no more. We'll have to wait and see what happens next.
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Re: The Last Week of Fantasy of Flight (as we know it)

Postby Pat Murphy on Tue 08 Apr 2014, 9:12 am

Sad to see FoF is no more. I enjoyed my visit there many years ago. Some fantastic machines to finish with, especially the Wildcat.
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Re: The Last Week of Fantasy of Flight (as we know it)

Postby Ledhead27 on Tue 08 Apr 2014, 10:24 am

Great variety of aircraft and very good shots. What's going to happen to the aircraft themselves, will they be sold on?
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Re: The Last Week of Fantasy of Flight (as we know it)

Postby Jeff Hunt on Tue 08 Apr 2014, 10:34 am

I was there in March and Kermit explained to the crowd that his vision is to turn the museum into an aviation theme park. As he told the crowd that day, getting enough people through the doors as just a museum is not happening so he needs to increase attendance. The aircraft will still be a major part of the "new" FOF but there will be many more things to do besides see airplanes. The museum is still available for corporate events and will remain so during the conversion. Kermit sounded excited about his plans.....I just hope they can be seen through.

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