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As early as the 1980’s – just a few years into the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In – founding director Billy Henderson and others envisioned an aviation museum to anchor the campus and provide a year-round educational and historic presence. In 1983, a museum committee that interviewed architects, solicited land from the City of Lakeland, and secured the present Florida Air Museum location on the SUN ‘n FUN campus just southwest of Lakeland Linder International Airport.
As early as the 1980’s – just a few years into the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In – founding director Billy Henderson and others envisioned an aviation museum to anchor the campus and provide a year-round educational and historic presence. In 1983, a museum committee that interviewed architects, solicited land from the City of Lakeland, and secured the present Florida Air Museum location on the SUN ‘n FUN campus just southwest of Lakeland Linder International Airport.

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