February 2014
They Dared To Fly: Tuskegee Airmen

It was an honor to once again host the prestigious Tuskegee Airmen for the "They Dared To Fly: Tuskegee Airmen" Living History event. Educators, Students, and Families alike came to hear the moving stories of these brave men that pushed their boundaries overcoming adversity in segregated America. Below Lt. Col. Charles McGee, Lt. Col. George Hardy,  and Flight Officer Daniel Keel share a few words of wisdom for attendees both young and old!

Tuskegee Airmen at Fantasy of Flight - Message for the Young - Short

 

Remember the Tuskegee Student Essay Contest doesn't end until February 28, 2014 at 5pm so get those pencils moving. Open to students in grades 6 -12 with $500 in prize money for First Place winners and $300 in prize money for Second Place winners find out more and download entry forms.

 

 As a token of our gratitude, Fantasy of Flight is pleased to offer our hometown heroes in Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services $8 off regular adult General Admission March 1-31, 2014. Proof of employment with public service entity is required. Learn more . . .

Got Plans?

Even though it may not feel like it for our friends up north, Spring is soon upon us (no matter what Punxsutawney Phil said), and for students that means SPRING BREAK! What better time to get out on the Wing WalkAir Confidence Course & Zipline to soak up some sunshine? So you if you haven't got plans . . . make some with us!

 

Not just for the young, but also for the young at heart. Towering over 40 feet in the air, 36 different challenges on three levels will set your spirit racing. Then you are off to the 600-foot thrill-a-second zip line, suspended over water along the Fantasy of Flight legendary runway. Who knows, you might just discover your inner "Wing-Walker" and never be the same again! Learn more or Purchase tickets online.

In The Community . . .

If Fantasy of Flight could dream the biggest dream it could ever dream . . . what would that dream be?

 

To light a Spark . . .

        that will spread across the World . . .

               and inspire Humanity . . .

                       to take the next step on its Journey!

 

Our very own Rosie the Riveter joined the rest of the Fantasy of Flight road team for the 18th Annual Lakeland Pigfest Barbeque Competition. With proceeds going towards local charitable organizations including Girls Incorporated, a nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, who better to provide the "We Can Do It" spirit!

 

Find out where we will be next on our Journey throughout the community.

 

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What's That You Say?
  
We LOVE to hear what our guests are saying about their experience at Fantasy of Flight. Check out this Trip Advisor Review from fisherpl in Sheffield, UK.
  
" Fantasy Of Flight is better than excellent, it is superb! It is mindblowingly knock your socks off from the moment you enter & are greeted by Amelia Earhart, through into the immersive environments, where you get to go on-board a real B17, through into the hangars where you encounter the most astonishing collection of aircraft you are ever likely to see, and then there are the amazing tours into the wood shop, the restoration shop and delightful machine & engine shop (smells divine!). Not forgetting the tram ride to Golden Hills where the hidden treasures are & the Aeriel demonstration of the day (we saw the Storch flying). Go as early as you can to fit everything in. You can also go up in an old biplane, have a go on a huge fun zip wire, oh and to top it all off, get your lunch at the excellent Compass Rose Restaurant. Astonishing! We will definitely be returning here for another visit."
    
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Kermie Cam
 
Well, sadly  the P-51C wasn't able to fly during our "They Dared to Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen" event due to poor weather conditions. However, if you miss seeing this beautiful bird in the sky . . . check out the clip below for a walk down memory lane!
Red Tail P-51C Mustang on Take-Off
Red Tail P-51C Mustang on Take-Off
  
Employee of the Month
Our employee of the month is Wanda Cherry! Wanda's patient and thorough nature has made her one of our "go-to" Trainers here at Fantasy of Flight. She tackles any task asked of her with dedication and a smile. Even on the busiest of days, she remains cheerful and ensures our Gift Shop is always in tip-top shape for guests. Congratulations Wanda!
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