Sun ‘n Fun 2014 is off and running. Opening day brought brilliant sunshine and very comfortable temperatures. As usual, the opening day crowds weren’t overwhelming so it was a great time to scope out the grounds before things get busy. My day started with a nice shout out from Dave Shallbetter and Carl Valeri down at the Sun ‘n Fun Radio station. Thanks guys.
Once again I’ve sprung for the premium ticket at the 9/27 Club so I dropped by to drop off my bag and check out the offerings. Lockers are much smaller this year and the locks don’t work well. On the plus side the air conditioning works and the drinks are cold. Still a great spot to watch the show. The Aeroshell Team dropped by at lunch and practicsed formation poster signing.
The afternoon air show ran for a good 3 hours and there’s very few gaps in any of the Fun ‘n Sun shows. Air Boss Wayne Boggs always does a good job of keeping them tight and on time. An interesting act was “The Immortals” featuring Melissa Pemberton, Skip Stewart and Kyle Franklin. Lots of smoke and close passes. Here Skip photobombs Melissa for an interesting picture.
Nice to see an entire show without jets. Dan Marcotte, who I know from the NECAS meetings, came down from Vermont and put on a really nice show. Looked like he was having a lot of fun – he was grinning from ear to ear when I ran into him after the show. Flying on opening day when things are a little more relaxed and the jet team hasn’t showed up is probably less stressful than it will be by the time the weekend rolls around.
Day 2 looks to be setting up for another sunny and warm one. Time to get ready to head out for some morning shooting.