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Gallery: Sun 'n Fun 2017 Lives Up to its Name

Despite some early concerns about unfavorable weather, Sun 'n Fun 2017 has delivered everything aviation enthusiasts have come to expect.

Sun n Fun 2017

Sun 'n Fun 2017 is living up to the high expectations of aviation enthusiasts, despite some concerns over unpleasant weather earlier in the week.

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As Sun ‘n Fun 2017 kicked off on Tuesday, it appeared to be way more fun than sun. Clouds and nearby rain storms threatened to put a damper on the annual event at Lakeland’s Linder Regional Airport. However, any concerns have been replaced by the standard Sun n’ Fun excitement, as the skies opened up and the weather is peak Florida springtime.

Wednesday’s sweltering heat has finally been swapped out with a very pleasant cold front, and aviation enthusiasts have been at no shortage of good times. From the Blue Angels preparing for their weekend performances to the standard showcases of personal aircraft — not to mention the must-see residents of Warbird Country — Sun ‘n Fun 2017 has delivered everything we’ve come to expect and more.

Here’s a taste of this week’s early action, and we’ll have plenty more to come.

Sun n Fun camp

Sun 'n Fun guests set up camp at the start of the week in anticipation of the action-packed festivities.

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Sun n Fun tent

The sense of excitement at Sun 'n Fun is rivaled only by the sense of community among aviation enthusiasts and pilots.

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Sun n Fun fan

Pilots and fans travel from all over the world to get a glimpse of the unique aircraft, while enjoying the thrilling demonstrations.

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Sun n Fun cloudy

The weather had some people nervous early in the week, but the skies opened up, allowing pilots to show off their best moves.

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Sun n Fun planes

Even a flying novice can appreciate the wide variety of aircraft on display at Lakeland's Linder Airport.

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Sun n Fun Panchito

One definite fan favorite hails from Warbird Country, as the B-25 known as "Panchito" dazzled on the ground and in the air.

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Sun n Fun up close

Whether in the air or on the ground, so many of the planes on display are downright gorgeous.

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Sun n Fun Panchito

The beautiful B-25 "Panchito" was never without a group of admirers.

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Sun n Fun fighter

The history on display at Sun 'n Fun is great for flight enthusiasts and history buffs, young and old alike.

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Sun n Fun pilot

Despite the lack of sun early in the week, everyone was in good spirits.

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Sun n Fun landing

Awestruck fans have increased by the day, and they've certainly received more than enough action for the price of admission.

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Sun n Fun demonstration

Sun or not, the demonstrations have been thrilling, especially Tuesday's performance by the Patrouille de France, the French Air Force's demonstration team.

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Sun n Fun demonstration

Everyone loves a showoff.

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Sun n Fun demonstration

The PAF only performed on Tuesday, but they dazzled enough that people won't soon forget the experience.

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Sun n Fun demonstration

Fortunately, for anyone who missed out on PAF, the Blue Angels will be performing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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