Break out the Champagne
Fantasy of Flight Turns 15 in 2010!
Celebrate With Fun Facts of the 15th
What better way to celebrate 15 years than by sharing our story in monthly installments, starting with the meaning behind the Fantasy of Flight logo.
Founder and visionary Kermit Weeks expresses it best:
Flight, more than anything, symbolizes something we can all relate to - pushing our boundaries, reaching beyond ourselves, and freedom.
The Fantasy of Flight logo symbolizes man's fascination with flight. The Past is represented by the bird, the Present by the moon which is within our grasp, and the Future which is reflected by the star.
We all relate to the metaphors of reaching for the sky and reaching for the stars, as well as soaring in our imagination and flying in our dreams!
New Tour of the Supernatural
On a paranormal-activity scale of 1 to 10, Fantasy of Flight's aircraft collection rates an astonishing "11" according to professional investigators who have tested the environment.
Become a "ghost hunter" and seek the "spirits" as we open our doors after-hours for a limited-time series of special engagements. Led by Apollo Paranormal Investigations, guests will participate in a REAL professional investigation with hands-on use of the tools of the ghost hunting trade.
In addition, guests will learn of our haunted history, take a tour of our hangars and hallways, visit locations where encounters have been recorded, and engage in an enlightening exchange of experiences.
nightFlight investigations are scheduled for:
All nightFlight programs are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
For further information and reservations:
|Lee Archer, Only Tuskegee Ace Pilot , Fantasy of Flight continues to bring history to life with the popular Living History Symposium Series. Mark your calendar now for this rare opportunity to learn of the achievements and experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen directly from the heroes themselves, America's first black fighter pilots, who served during World War II.
Joins Airmen Scheduled for "They Dared to Fly"
In partnership with WUSF Public Broadcasting and in honor of Black History Month, four original Tuskegee Airmen, including Lt. Col. Lee Archer (ret.), will reunite at Fantasy of Flight to share their personal experiences of wartime military service during segregated America. In honor of Lt. Col. Archer, Kermit Weeks will fly his rare P-51C, which is a tribute to Archer's legendary aircraft, "Ina the Macon Belle."
To learn more about "They Dared to Fly" on Feb. 18-20 and additional Living History Symposiums: www.fantasyofflight.com/livinghistory
|Stinson Tri-Motor Dusted Off for a Special Flight
The latest aircraft to make the journey across the field and undergo prop-to-tail inspection and maintenance is one of the queens of the North Hangar, the legendary Stinson Tri-Motor.
The aircraft became a #1 priority at the Maintenance Hangar as Kermit geared up for a very special New Years flight, which he describes:
"The Stinson had not flown in over four years, and we were determined to get her in the air again. It was an appropriate pick to fly over to Albert Whitted Field in St. Pete on December 31st since Stinson Tri-Motors operated out of there in the 1930s. As the picture shows, the test flight was great! Unfortunately bad weather cancelled the New Year's flight, so the Stinson stayed home and I drove over to St. Pete. In case you missed the announcement, on January 1st we declared our commitment to building a reproduction Benoist to reenact the 100th anniversary of the first commercial flight in history which took place from St. Pete to Tampa on January 1st, 1914."
More news on this historic project soon...