POLK CITY, Fla. — Everyone likes to go behind the scenes and get a glimpse of what happens “behind the curtain”… Now, at Fantasy of Flight, the curtains have been thrown open and guests can see what was previously off limits — an additional 20,000 square feet filled with more rare and vintage aircraft, aircraft parts and flight artifacts.
POLK CITY, Fla. — For the fifth year, Fantasy of Flight will once again welcome the Tuskegee Airmen when it kicks off its 2013 Legends & Legacies Symposium Series [Read more...]
The twin airfoil canard out front looks like a box kite, one of the prominent building materials is bamboo, and there was never a Pilot’s Operating Handbook of any kind produced for the airplane. However, when Kermit Weeks lines the Curtiss Pusher up on a 5,000-foot grass strip to take his first hop, heads turn and attention is being paid. It’s not every day you see an airplane from the earliest days of powered flight take to the air.
The airplane arrived at its new home at Fantasy of Flight in central Florida just recently to join Weeks’ ever-growing aircraft collection. Weeks and his crew of top-flight mechanics wasted little time assembling it and getting it ready to fly.
Kermit Weeks, founder and owner of Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Fla., has just released his second children’s book, “The Spirit of Lindy.”
Everyone knows how World War II ended, but many people have never before heard personal, firsthand accounts of the men and women who lived through it. On Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, Fantasy of Flight will continue its Legends & Legacies Symposium Series with “Unspoken Valor: The Bomber Crews of World War II.”
Anyone who loves the purr of a Mustang engine or the whirr of an airplane propeller will find their version of heaven on earth at the 15th Annual Mustangs & Mustangs: Legends Havin’ Fun aircraft and automobile show on Saturday, March 31, [Read more...]
Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida, will once again play host the annual Sun ’n Fun Splash-In, a one-day event specifically designed to celebrate seaplanes and other amphibious aircraft.
For three days in early February the south hangar at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida, was packed with visitors. They were seated in long rows of folding chairs, and stood on the gleaming painted hangar floor. Everyone faced the raised platform near the eastern wall, paying rapt attention to the reminiscing of three elderly gentlemen who had remarkable tales to tell.
This was the first installment of the 2012 Legends and Legacies symposium series at the central Florida aviation-themed attraction. “They Dared to Fly” focused on the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, and to tell that story accurately, three graduates of the program sat at the dais and shared their memories and experiences during two sessions each day.
Scouts of all ages will gather at Fantasy of Flight in Central Florida for the Annual Scout Aviation Camporee, Friday, March 16, through Sunday, March 18.
Fantasy of Flight is celebrating National Black History month this month by kicking off its Fourth Annual Legends & Legacies Symposium Series with a visit from famed World War II heroes, the Tuskegee Airmen, as well as a student essay contest honoring the aviators’ leadership, excellence, advocacy and determination (LEAD).