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Doors close at Fantasy of Flight PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

The 1930s Art Deco style hangars at Fantasy of Flight, Polk City, Florida. On the apron is Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina N96UC, and the nose of Short Sunderland ML814/G-BJHS is visible in the hangar on the left. Mike ShreeveThe 1930s Art Deco style hangars at Fantasy of Flight, Polk City, Florida. On the apron is Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina N96UC, and the nose of Short Sunderland ML814/G-BJHS is visible in the hangar on the left. Mike Shreeve

On March 4 at Polk City, Florida, Kermit Weeks announced that he will be closing his Fantasy of Flight (FoF) attraction to the general public at the start of April this year. FoF will now focus on its private event and corporate business, but restoration and maintenance work on Weeks’ large aircraft collection will not be affected by the change of direction.

Originally opened to the public at Polk City in 1995, the FoF aircraft collection has expanded considerably over the past couple of years. Recent arrivals include a 1932 Pitcairn Pa-18 Autogiro, NC12678, a D-Day veteran Douglas C-47, 43-15211, acquired from Kemble-based Wings Venture, and two Sikorsky amphibians, the S-38, N28V – which made a memorable appearance at the Flying Legends show at Duxford in 2012 with previous owner Tom Schrade – and Sikorsky S-43 Clipper N440, originally owned by Howard Hughes (see News, April 2013 Aeroplane). It is hoped that a small part of the FoF collection will open to the public later this year at a reduced entrance fee.