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Fantasy of Flight in Polk County to Close to Public

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Fantasy of Flight
The annual Mustangs and Mustangs meet is held every year at Fantasy of Flight

An aviation-themed attraction that's famous for its collection of aircraft and for a plane next to Interstate 4 in between Tampa and Orlando is closing.

Fantasy of Flight will close to the public on April 6.

Owner Kermit Weeks says the attraction will refocus its emphasis on its private event business and the design and development of a new future destination attraction. Weeks is a former aerobatics champion and aircraft designer who built Fantasy of Flight in part to house his collection.

The Lakeland Ledger (http://bit.ly/1gPlhTr ) reports that the attraction has been open for 18 years, but Weeks says it wasn't sustainable based on attendance figures.

Weeks said he intends to turn the facility into a restoration and maintenance facility, which will be needed to build future attraction elements