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Since the dawn of time...
  man has been fasinated by flight.
That fasination...
  is a physical reflection...
    of what we long to return to.
We all fly in our dreams...
  and when we awake...
    we long for that inner freedom.
I hope...
  the fantasy of flight...
    will help light that spark within...

to continue you on your journey.


- Kermit Weeks

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1400 Broadway Blvd SE
Polk City, FL 33868

[ Exit 44 on I-4 ]

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Winter Haven News Chief April 1, 2004

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Fantasy of Flight to Close as Public Attraction
Will Focus on Private Event Business
Attraction has world's largest private collection of vintage aircraft
Troubled by waning attendance and image problems, Fantasy of Flight,
an aviation-themed attraction boasting
the world's largest private collection of vintage aircraft, closes to the public April 6.
Kermit Weeks, the charismatic former aerobatics champion and aircraft designer
who built Fantasy of Flight in part to house his collection,
said he delivered the somber news Tuesday morning
to staff inside the attraction and airfield just off Interstate 4 near Polk City.
"I turned 60 last year and the clock is ticking; it's time to move on," Weeks said.
"So the bottom line is, instead of focusing on a business that quite honestly is not sustainable,
I can focus my energy and resources toward a dream that will sustain.
Weeks said he failed to change that misperception
during the 18 years Fantasy of Flight has operated
It's the second reduction since May 6,
when Fantasy of Flight cut operating hours from seven days a week to four,
entertaining guests Thursday through Sunday, only.
A general admission ticket was most recently priced at $29.95 for ages 13 and older
Weeks said he intends to concentrate on restoration of rare, vintage aircraft,
which is the reason he developed the property
following the destruction of his Miami air museum by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Weeks has said he bankrolled Fantasy of Flight with royalties
from the work of his grandfather, a geologist involved in the oil industry.
A part of his collection of aircraft, some of which dates to the dawn of aviation,
is scattered around the globe.
Annual passholders will receive a pro-rated refund based on the date of purchase.
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Thursday, September 21, 2006
Two local, rare planes take off in 'Flyboys' film
The Friday release of the major motion picture "Flyboys"
has a close connection to Polk
In fact, the connection has a starring role in the WWI-era film.
A vintage 1915 Nieuport 17 airplane, owned by Kermit Weeks,
appears many times throughout the aerial battle scenes in the movie
Fantasy of Flight employee Ken Kellett, a restoration specialist,
piloted the plane in the film because he plays the lead actor's pilot double.
Kellett's own 1916 Sopwith 1 Strutter aircraft also makes its debut in the movie
Flyboys (2006) at The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)

Friday, November 18, 2005
Liberty Belle a flying history lesson
The Liberty Belle is a restored World War II-era B-17
that will be at Fantasy of Flight for the next several days.
Jamie Beckett was part of the team that worked on the plane.
By JAMIE BECKETT, Local columnist

Friday, November 18, 2005
Fantasy of Flight hopes to broaden its appeal
"People don't realize what we are,"
said Kermit Weeks, the owner of Fantasy of Flight.
"They think we're primary a museum and we are that,
but we're also an aviation attraction."
Currently, most of the visitors to Fantasy of Flight are men,
but Weeks said he wants to change that.
"It's because of this perception,
so one of the things we're trying to do is more stuff
for kids and mothers," he said.
The Family Fun Day, which takes place Saturday and Sunday,
is just the thing to celebrate the attraction's 10-year anniversary.
By HEIDI A. DE VRIES, News Chief staff

Sunday, March 28, 2004
Show corrals Mustangs in air and on the ground
The seventh annual event,
organized in a joint venture with the Imperial Mustangs of Polk County,
will take place April 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In the corral, each participant can get a picture taken with their car
and a P-51 Mustang on the runway.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

200 kids will taste aviation history
Fantasy of Flight celebrates a century of flight

From the Wright Brothers' first trip to Kitty Hawk to lunar exploration,
Fantasy of Flight will celebrate the 100th anniversary of powered flight today

Open Cockpit Biplane Rides are now available
November 1 through April 30
Waldo Wright’s Flying Service
1929 New Standard D-25 open cockpit biplane


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