SNF Update: Show to Reopen Friday Despite Storm Damage

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The word from Sun n Fun headquarters in Lakeland, Florida, where a severe storm Thursday injured some 15 attendees, and damaged planes and property, is that the show will go on Friday. EAA confirms that it was indeed hit by a tornado, and that seven people were transported to an area hospital. All were released later in the day.

Between 40 and 50 aircraft were also damaged or destroyed, as were several outdoor vendor displays, EAA says. The scheduled appearances of the Blue Angels and the F-22 Raptor did not happen, as the show was closed for the afternoon on Thursday. Both are expected to be on the field and appear in the airshow on Friday.

For further updates and photos from Lakeland, click here.

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