Winter Haven is committed to the Polk Aviation Alliance in an effort to market aviation interests throughout Polk County. That cooperative effort includes the annual Sun 'n Fun, held in Lakeland each year. Throughout the 2012 event, nearby cities and airports, such as Winter Haven's Gilbert Field, are expected to experience an increase in visitors that come with additional air traffic in the area. Listen to a Sun 'n Fun Radio podcast by Winter Haven City Commissioner Jamie Beckett, CLICK HERE: daveshallbetter.libsyn.com/webpage/the-importance-of-sun-n-fun-announcing-the-polk-aviation-alliance-by-jamie-beckett
Winter Haven – The Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour has scheduled a stop at the Winter Haven Municipal Airport – Gilbert Field January 23-25. The Winter Haven stop is the only stop being made in West Central Florida.
The tour includes a vintage B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber, and North American P-51 Mustang. The planes will fly into Winter Haven's Gilbert Field Airport, offering an opportunity for the public to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history.
The tour's B-17 is one of only 10 in flying condition in the United States; and the B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51 Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type still flying.
Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out at a cost of $12 for adults and $6 for children under age 12. World War II military veterans can tour the aircraft at no cost. Flights on the vintag... [more]