Sun 'N Fun 2017 - LOTS!

Sun 'N Fun 2017 - LOTS!

Postby sylvancatharsis on Mon 10 Apr 2017, 6:52 am

Last week, I was in Lakeland, Florida for Sun 'N Fun. My first time there, and I'll more than likely be back. I attended the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday shows, and took quite a few photographs.

Tuesday, 4 April
Worst weather of the week in terms of photography conditions, with high clouds in the morning and increasing throughout the day. Temperatures were brutally hot, but a stiff breeze kept us comfortable. The thunderstorms that were forecast thankfully stayed well north.

1. Highlight of the day was La Patrouille de France, in their only performance at Sun 'N Fun. The sparse crowd really seemed to enjoy them, and their A400M had a "new cargo plane smell" to it!
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

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5. Showcase flybys precede the show each day. Wednesday saw a rather interesting formation featuring the HondaJet and a T-6 racer sponsored by... Honda. Shame they have to fly so high...
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

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7. Team Aerostars closed out the display. Shame that the only day they got to perform in daylight had the worst skies of the week.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

8. This event is fairly popular with vintage aircraft owners...
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9. ...especially ones who own former Austrian Air Force machinery.
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10.
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Wednesday, 5 April
Better weather today, with more sunshine, but even hotter, and without as much of a breeze to cool things down. Some sunburn was to be had...

12. The Thursday (which I skipped) was a celebration of Mustangs, so a lot of them arrived on the Wednesday.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

13. Including one with tip tanks.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

14. Most were silver.
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15. Very, very silver.
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16. Some less shiny than others.
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17. All lined up at day's end...
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

18. HondaJet missing its partner...
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19. Also a showcase participant. Easier to shoot taxiing than from below...
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

20. This Blackhawk was the jump ship for the opening parachutists.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

21. It just wouldn't be an air show in the USA without a gaggle of T-6s/SNJs/Harvards knocking about...
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23. The Mohawk flew every day. Mostly in the showcase. So, we mostly got to see its underside. But the bottom of a Mohawk is better than no Mohawk, so...
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

24. Lots of T-28s, too.
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25. "Hey, how come I can't go play with the Nanchangs?"
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27. Panchito seems to follow me wherever I go. I think Panchito likes me. At least SOMEONE does...
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

28. I was rather looking forward to the "Class of '45" display. It's more of a series of formation passes than an aerobatic sequence, but really, who's going to complain about a Mustang and Corsair in the air together?
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

29. What's this? An L-39 that ISN'T painted up in fake USN markings? The horror...
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30.
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31. According to the commentator, this is an F-33.
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32.
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33. Gene Soucy has been flying air shows since before I could pee standing up. Good to see him still in action.
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34. The F-16's display was technically a "practice" and thus we only got half of his routine. We did, however, get a full Heritage Flight!
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

35. Sadly, the A-10 doesn't do any extra passes after the Heritage Flight, so here's your Warthog fix. On takeoff.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

36. An extraordinarily shiny Mustang, framed by the Aeroshell team's smoke. Not to boast or anything, but I shot this handheld at 1/30. *gratuitously pats self on back*
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

37. Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, one of the best formation acts in North America. They always seem to fly with an on-crowd wind that pushes their plenitude of smoke in our faces.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

38. Hey, I can see myself!
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

Wednesday also featured the first of two night shows, the second being on the Saturday. Photographing the evening displays isn't easy, as 1930L seems a little late to start the displays that aren't actually equipped for night shows (e.g. T-33) and I opted to leave the tripod at the hotel for the displays with pyrotechnics. Thoroughly enjoyable, though.

39. Homebuilts taking their evening nap.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

40. Those thunderstorms thankfully stayed well to the east.
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41. As usual, the parachutists got things started.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

42. When I had to bump the ISO up to 800, and still wasn't getting decent images, I knew it was time to put the camera away and just enjoy the show.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

Friday, 7 April
After taking Thursday off to recover from two brutal days in the sun and watch ospreys going fishing, I was back at Linder on the Friday. The weather was absolutely abysmal. I mean, who the hell wants a bunch of blue sky behind the aircraft they're trying to watch?! And the temperatures! I didn't even break a sweat! I'll tell ya, enjoy your grey skies and torrential downpours when you've got them.

I jest, of course.

43. One of the coolest things about Sun 'N Fun is that the parking area is right next to the runway used by the microlights.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

44. The Florida Air Museum is also located on the airport campus, and has some rather nice exhibits, such as the Piper Jet (and the Sea Dart you can make out behind it, which isn't particularly easy to photograph due to the electrical generator plonked right next to it).
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

45. One need not purchase VIP tickets to get an aerial view of the Mustangs. One need only climb the air stairs to the KC-135 on static display.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

46. One needn't do squat but to squat if one wanted a lower angle.
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47. An unexpected highlight was the arrival of no less than four F-5Ns from VFC-111, in three different schemes.
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48. Two wore blue...
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49. ...and two brown, with slight variations (the other one is pictured further down, on static display).
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50. And if those weren't enough, this civvie F-5B took part in the daily warbird pageant!
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51. Wasn't shy about showing some topside, either.
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52. As is their wont, the USN sent multiple examples of various types, such as a pair of T-6Bs.
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53. Eclipse 550 in the showcase.
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54. I've never heard anyone so enthusiastic about a Cessna 172 as the commentator for Auburn University's showcase flight.
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55. That's a wild paint job...
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56. ...my eyes hurt.
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57. No, it's NOT a run-of-the-mill Aero Commander 500. It's a U-6A!
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

58. And back to the show proper...
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59. Fact: The Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros was designed to meet a requirement for former U.S. Navy pilots to buy an affordable jet that they could pretend was whatever they used to fly.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

60. Friday saw LOTS of Mohawk action... all straight and level passes. Still. Mohawk.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

61. This is what a Mohawk looks like in the thick of battle. Or whenever it flies through a smoke trail left by T-28s.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

62. And another Mohawk image. Because Mohawk.
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63. Friday was a bit windy, so the T-6s stayed on the ground. The T-28s were laughing at them.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

64. "I want to be a B-25 when I grow up!" ~ T-28 in the slot.
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65. Avgeek: "Babe, will you marry me?"
Avgeek's girl: "Yeah, when a Beech Bonanza does aerobatics."
*Avgeek dials Jim Pietz's cell phone* "Hey, bro, I need a favor..."
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

66. If you tell me that the Euro Viper displays are better than the USAF one, I'll agree with you. Still, the USAF one is perfectly awesome.
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67. "Heh, leave that 'flying slow' stuff to those scrubs on the south side in the microlights."
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68. I know, I know. EVERYONE shoots the dedication pass. Because it looks amazing.
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69. So, we get a four-ship Heritage Flight on the day nobody shows up, but Crazy Horse stays in her stable on the nice day.
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70. I wonder if Michael Goulian is a Patriots fan. He is from Boston...
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71. Extras can do some crazy maneuvers, sure, but give me a big, slow, noisy Stearman any day.
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72. Flick roll? Snap roll.
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73. Finally, a clean shot of Aeroshell without any smoke in the way! I must say, they did an admirable job in what were by this time some pretty gusty winds.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

74. A different formation team closed out the show.
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75. Note to whomever hit a Caravan with an ugly stick: The Caravan is the last aircraft that needed to be hit with an ugly stick (F-35 notwithstanding).
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

76. Here's that other F-5.
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77. Well, look who lives in the USA now!
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78. Is this Zeltweg? Where are the mountains? And all the Red Bull adverts?
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79. Get your USN Orions while you can, especially on the East Coast. I'm pretty sure only VP-30 (pictured) and VP-62 (Reserve) still have 'em out this way.
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Sun 'N Fun 2017 by Enki Orangebeard, on Flickr

80. One last photo from the show proper.
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Unlike the Tuesday and Wednesday, the Friday had quite a large crowd - though I imagine the Saturday and Sunday shows were even more packed. Traffic seemed to flow smoothly, but instead of getting caught up in the rat race, I thought I'd spend an hour enjoying the perfect weather and watching microlights.

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84.
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85. Hey now, watch where you're going! Don't be checking out the photographers!
(They waved to us just after I shot this. Nice fellows!)
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88. Showoff.
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Fun times.
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Re: Sun 'N Fun 2017 - LOTS!

Postby Ledhead27 on Mon 10 Apr 2017, 9:44 am

Lovely stuff indeed, been keeping my eye on this shoe for most of last week. It certainly looks like a lot of fun, and the photos look cracking as well!!!
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Re: Sun 'N Fun 2017 - LOTS!

Postby GeorgeP on Mon 10 Apr 2017, 10:36 am

A ripper thread with outstanding images. Another show that I'd like to attend one day. My fave is #80, the Aeronca Champs, because I reckon they're cute.
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Re: Sun 'N Fun 2017 - LOTS!

Postby EGL on Mon 10 Apr 2017, 11:56 am

Great selection of shots - loving the blue sky.

Really is a good show - I made it last year on the Wednesday evening and Saturday. Good timing with a family holiday to Orlando but it meant my time was limited, could easily have spent a good few days there!
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Re: Sun 'N Fun 2017 - LOTS!

Postby Airwolfhound on Mon 10 Apr 2017, 11:57 am

Fabulous images, loved the camo P-51, the Mohawk, and that Cobra, great pics :clap: :clap:
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Re: Sun 'N Fun 2017 - LOTS!

Postby ikarus on Wed 12 Apr 2017, 5:10 pm

Excellent post , superb photos. Been to this show 3 times certainly can have some interesting visitors but you did the right thing going on multiple days.

Was their no "splash in" this year , usually held at the Lake at the Fantasy of Flight airfield for the seaplanes and amphibians , usually $10 entry ???? :sad:
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Re: Sun 'N Fun 2017 - LOTS!

Postby rdchawk on Wed 12 Apr 2017, 5:42 pm

Fab images and a fab read too!!

If only RIAT can get the Talon over here.
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Re: Sun 'N Fun 2017 - LOTS!

Postby Wrexham Mackem on Wed 12 Apr 2017, 6:35 pm

Great set, really conveying the atmosphere of the event. I love the Northrops, but they're all great!
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Re: Sun 'N Fun 2017 - LOTS!

Postby wv383 on Wed 12 Apr 2017, 10:03 pm

Great set of pics & some humour thrown in as well! One question. What's all the small printing that's on the Mohawk? It seems to be all over the fuselage & fin.
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Re: Sun 'N Fun 2017 - LOTS!

Postby sylvancatharsis on Thu 13 Apr 2017, 3:03 am

Thanks for the compliments all! Lakeland is indeed a very photogenic venue; the crowdline faces due north, so the sun is behind you all day.

wv383 wrote:Great set of pics & some humour thrown in as well! One question. What's all the small printing that's on the Mohawk? It seems to be all over the fuselage & fin.

I believe the small print is the names of all the MIA in Vietnam.

ikarus wrote:Was their no "splash in" this year , usually held at the Lake at the Fantasy of Flight airfield for the seaplanes and amphibians

I think the Splash In was held the weekend before the show, so it'd have been before I got there.
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