Into Every Show, a Little Rain Must Fall


It seems that no week in April can go without at least one thunderstorm in central Florida and this week was no exception. Although the weather has generally been good in Lakeland for Sun ‘n Fun, Thursday proved to be the day that the weather gods demanded their tribute and dumped it all over the field for a couple of hours. Fortunately, most attendees knew that it was coming long in advance—in fact, it was predicted to hit around noon, and that is just about when the sky became threatening, and the deluge began. The rain lasted about two hours, leaving the grounds a bit soggy, but not so bad that folks couldn’t continue making their rounds after the hiatus of hiding out in the display and vendor buildings.

Soggy in central Florida? That’s just par for the course, and for compensation, the Friday and weekend forecasts look pretty good!

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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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