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History in the air in Lakeland

History in the air in Lakeland

In the era of the International Space Station, there's still something humbling about looking at news reports of Charles Lindbergh's solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris in 1927.

Lindbergh is among the legendary aviation pioneers honored at the Florida Air Museum in Lakeland, which touts itself as the state's official aviation museum and education center.

Compared with its aviation-minded competition at Fantasy of Flight, roughly 15 miles east on Interstate 4, the Florida Air Museum ( is part of a no-frills collection of industrial buildings at the Sun 'n Fun aviation education complex at Lakeland's Linder Regional...