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Roar N Soar: The Planes

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On: Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 1:00PM | By: John Welch


Roar N Soar: The Planes

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, this is a car-blog. I'm aware. Unfortunately, pretty much any mechanical device used for transportation gets us all warm and vibraty feeling in our guttiwuts. So no articles about horses; airplanes however, massive egineering feats, and priceless works of art will get some ink.

 

Fantasy of Flight is an attraction designed to enlighten visitors in the ways of manned flight. Originally, Kermit Weeks had a smaller airfield in Miami. In 1994, when good 'ole hurricane Andrew rolled through, Mr. Weeks decided to store his precious (and, in some cases, priceless) aircraft in a concrete hanger farther south, in Homestead.

 

We all know the rest of this story. Instead of staying on its natural course, Andrew nose-dived further south than originally expected - straight for Homestead. The hanger was destroyed, and most of the planes where damaged.

Mr. Weeks decided a slightly less vulnerable location for his babies was required. He purchased a chunk of land in Polk City, right off of I-4. Today this awesome property is known as Fantasy of Flight, and it houses some of the rarest aircraft in the world. This gallery features some of the kewlest metal the 'Shopper has had the pleasure of photographing. Information on some of these planes is sketchy, but I'll fill in model designations as I figure them out . . .


Photo Gallery (click a thumbnail to enlarge)


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