Fantasy of Flight E-news
November 2009 
Feel the Rumble...
Hear the Roar...
 
No more waiting


Roar n' Soar



2009 Roar n' Soar is Here!
 
It's Time to Get Your Speed On!
 
Grab the kids... Jump in the car... and head down to Fantasy of Flight for the biggest, highest octane, most fun-filled event of the year.
 
Tickets
 
Roar n' Soar schedule
 
Directions.
Expert Ears Test the "Roar" at Roar n' Soar

Kermit Weeks and Andy Salter
"The discriminating samplings of fine Whines!"
 
Fine wines have distinct bouquets and flavors that can be detected by discriminating experts. But is the same true of aircraft engine noise? Do individual aircraft have distinctive voices?

"YES!" is the answer from Fantasy of Flight founder Kermit Weeks and Restoration Specialist Andy Salter. Moreover they declared they have the "ears" to prove it.  We put it to the test by asking them to describe the unique noise of three legendary aircraft scheduled to be featured at Roar n' Soar.
P51-D (with Packard-built Rolls Royce Merlin V-1650) 
  P-51D Mustang
   
Kermit:
"Seductively sensuous with the powerful purring of elevated elegance!"
 
Andy: 
"Ripping yarns and tearing sheets. Absolute power and impeccable pedigree.  The Merlin casts a spell on all who hear it."

TP-40N (with Allison V-1710)
 
TP-40
 
Kermit:
"The roar of a caged tiger combined with an obvious taste of American ingenuity!"
 
Andy:
"A bucolic yet menacing roar: perhaps the sound of a tiger flying towards its kill or the teeth of the shark as it tears at its prey."

Grumman Duck (with Wright Cyclone R-1820)
 
Grumman Duck


Kermit:
"Powerful and throaty, yet charming . . . but with a hint of salt spray!"
 
Andy:
"Waves of pulsing sound with deep bass notes and more than a coloring of burnt oil... definitely made of the Wright stuff."
 

 
That's what the "epicurean ears" revealed.  Tune in your own ears at Roar n' Soar and see if you agree.

Secrets from the Maintenance Hangar Graphic

Celebrity EAA Aircraft Stops In for a Visit
 
EAA Husky
EAA prize Husky cozies up with Fantasy of Flight airplanes in the Maintenance Hangar.
 
Visitors to Fantasy of Flight's Maintenance Hangar can't help but detect the ramped-up energy that precedes Roar n' Soar. So what happens when, all of a sudden, a new hotshot celebrity aircraft drops in for a visit?
 
Everything stops... and a smile of admiration creases everyone's face.
 
That's just what happened when the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) 2010 "Share the Spirit" Sweepstakes Grand Prize Aviat Husky A-1C showed up on the field. Every year, the EAA offers up a very special aircraft as a prize in their fundraising sweepstakes. And for the months prior to the drawing, this sensational aircraft tours the country like the beauty queen she is. We were proud to hangar her for a few days around her appearance at the National Business Aviation Association's convention in nearby Orlando.
 
From the very beginning, Fantasy of Flight has always supported the efforts of the EAA to kindle camaraderie, passion, and access to recreational aviation. In fact, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks sits on the EAA board and has donated a Maintenance Hangar to the EAA home field in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 
 
To participate in the EAA sweepstakes, visit the EAA website. Maybe you will become the winner and take the beauty queen home! 
B-17 Crews Captivate Crowds
At Living History Symposium
 
B-17 Symposium Participants

For a few wonderful hours, Fantasy of Flight guests were transported back to the skies over Europe during World War II, thanks to the stories and insights of a lively group of veteran B-17 Flying Fortress pilots and crewmen on October 17 and 18. Appearing as part of "Living History: The Fearless Men of the B-17 Flying Fortress," the panel inspired laughter, tears, and excitement. 
 
Coming up in future installments of Fantasy of Flight's Living History Symposiums: Tuskegee Airmen in February, WASP in March, and American Figher Aces in May 2010.
Gift Shop Special
 
Limited Edition
Embroidered Polo Shirt
Features Fantasy of Flight Aircraft 

November Special: B-25 Mitchell "Apache Princess"
$36.50

Apache Princess embroidered imageCelebrate one of Fantasy of Flight's most remarkable aircraft and look like a million bucks at the same time.  Embroidered with the glorious "Apache Princess" in full color on the front and the Fantasy of Flight logo on the left sleeve, this 100% silk touch polo kicks off the brand-new line of limited-edition shirts featuring collection aircraft. Next month: another gorgeous aircraft debuts in full color embroidery... but which one? 

B-25 Men's Polo

Stop by Fantasy of Flight's gift shop to see the whole collection or order online
In This Issue
Celebrity EAA Aircraft Visit
B-17 Crews Captivate Crowds
Twitter and Facebook Offer at Roar n' Soar
Bus Stuffed with School Supplies
Toys for Tots Drive
Connect with Us
Special Offer for Our Social Media Friends!

Be sure to stay tuned to Fantasy of Flight's Twitter and Facebook fan page posts over the next few days to qualify for a free gift as you arrive at Roar n' Soar this weekend!
           
Fantasy of Flight and Kiwanis Club
Stuffed the Bus
In Support of Local School


School Supplies Donated for Students
Left to right: Karen Phillips (Winter Haven Kiwanis), Sheila Scott (Polk City Elementary School Assistant Principal), Ladonna Andreu (Polk City Elementary Guidance Counselor), Smilin' Jack Eagle, Kim Long (Fantasy of Flight)
 
In a shared effort with the Winter Haven Kiwanis Club, Fantasy of Flight was thrilled to present over $1500 worth of critically needed school supplies to Polk City Elementary School, all collected as part of the "Stuff the Bus" program. Many supplies were furnished by Fantasy of Flight guests, who received a discounted admission in return. 
 
Thanks to all who participated!
Toys for Tots Drive
At Fantasy of Flight
 
 
Toys for Tots logo
 

With holiday gift-giving time just around the corner, we don't want any child to come up empty handed. Therefore, Fantasy of Flight is pleased to offer visitors who donate an unwrapped toy $8 off full-priced admission (adult or child) for each donation, November 9 - December 5, 2009.

To learn more about how to participate and support Toys for Tots of Polk County, click here.

Toys for Tots Train

The Toys for Toys Train will be on display at Fantasy of Flight from Sunday, November 22 - Wednesday, December 2, 2009.
(Display dates subject to change.)


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