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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles returns to Plant City Airport with aerospace flight simulators

A blue and yellow prop plane taking flight on a runway
Photo courtesy of TBAA

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is a beloved one-day community event featuring a wide variety of activities geared towards families each year at the Plant City Airport. Beloved highlights include numerous aircrafts on display, a car show, and operating model train layouts. The intricate model train displays will transport you to tiny cartoon worlds. The Planes, Trains and Automobiles event is set for April 22 from 10am-3pm. For those who haven’t visited before, the Plant City Airport is located in eastern Hillsborough County near Interstate 4 at 4007 Airport Road.

First responder vehicles and personnel along with train safety vehicles and equipment will also be in the lineup. There will be many hands-on stations for kids, including STEM education exhibits and flight simulators from the Aerospace Center for Excellence, Young Eagles discovery flights conducted by the local Experimental Aircraft Association chapter, Scout merit badge opportunities, a pinewood derby, and many other activities. Younger children will enjoy inflatable bounce houses and other fun adventures just for them.

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Photo via TBAA
Photo via TBAA

A day of discovery at the Plant City Airport

Food trucks and local vendor displays will also be part of the lineup where area businesses can showcase their products and services to attendees for a nominal fee. Tickets for the event run $7.25 online in advance or $10 at the gate. Children 10 and under enjoy free entry into the event.

The purpose of the event is to give families an affordable day together discovering the wonders of transportation, introducing them to not only aircraft and aviation opportunities at their local airport but a wide variety of “how things work” displays and fun educational activities to capture the imaginations of our local youth.

Photo via TBAA

The event is managed by the Tampa Bay Aviation Association and presented by Tampa International Airport. In addition to promoting and delivering this amazing community event, the organization will be taking donations and committing proceeds after expenses to fund aviation scholarship programs for local youth. The scholarships will be for flight training, mechanic, and professional career education.

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