Fantasy of Flight Summons Spirits and Stories from Aviation Past for a Spine-Tingling Halloween

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Haunted Hangar and “nightFlight” Paranormal Investigation Offer October Events Ranging from Frightfully Fun to Seriously Spooky

POLK CITY, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2010) – While vintage planes like the B-17 and Grumman Duck typically take center stage at Fantasy of Flight, it’s the long-lost pilots whose spirits soared while flying these beauties who are poised to cast a spell over attraction guests this October.

Fantasy of Flight, Central Florida’s premier aviation attraction, is showcasing the spirited stories of the daring pilots behind the world’s largest private collection of vintage and restored aircraft in two unique events next month.

For those interested in a “scary-lite” experience, daily Haunted Hangar Walking Tours offer engaging Halloween fun for guests of all ages. Participants will tour the attraction’s hangars as their “ghoulie” guide shares little-known aviation tales and unsolved mysteries — from the famous Lost Squadron to Lindbergh’s spectral companions. The half-hour tours are offered daily Oct. 1 – 31 at 1 p.m. (pending any extraterrestrial interruptions) and are included free with the price of general admission.  

For those who take their Halloween experience more seriously, the attraction’s popular nightFlight Paranormal Investigation and Tour should do the “trick.” Introduced for the first time earlier this year to sold-out audiences, the four-hour, limited-attendance nighttime tours are guided by Florida’s Apollo Paranormal Investigations (API), a non-profit team of paranormal investigators (sometimes referred to as “ghost hunters”).  nightFlight is offered Saturday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 30. The tours run from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and are $75 plus tax, per guest. Reservations are required.

“We hope that between these two events, guests enjoy their choice of either a fun Halloween experience or one that may send a chill up their spines,” said Kim Long, General Manager, Fantasy of Flight. “Those attending either event will learn about our vintage planes, while also learning about the paranormal energies throughout the attraction that seem to love the world of aviation, just as much as our guests.”
Beginning at 9:30 p.m., nightFlight guests will be admitted to Fantasy of Flight as they join API’s paranormal exploration guides to search between this world and the next for signs of supernatural activity among the world’s largest private collection of rare and vintage aircraft, including many World War II fighter planes. Guided by the skilled API team, guests will become paranormal investigators in training and learn how to use the tools and devices professionals use to determine the difference between coincidences and inexplicable phenomenon. They will also have an opportunity to enjoy refreshments and to share with others their own encounters with the paranormal and the results of that evening’s investigation, from personal encounters to questionable sensations, to concrete audio or visual evidence.

nightFlight Investigation participants are encouraged to bring a camera, voice recorder, video recorder and extra batteries. Recommended attire includes secure, flat-soled shoes, a watch and “quiet” clothing that doesn’t have strings or glow in the dark. Due to the subject matter, this event is recommended for adults. Participants must be at least 16 years old; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 863-984-3500.

Fantasy of Flight will also host a number of other special events during the remainder of 2010 including “Airmen in Captivity: The POW Experience,” part of the Living History Symposium Series, on Oct. 8-9, “Take Aim at Breast Cancer” on Oct. 23-24, a fundraising event taking place during the onsite PSP World Cup Paintball Tournament, Oct. 21-24, the Fourth Annual Roar n’ Soar on Nov. 13 and 14 and Fantasy of Flight’s 15th Year Anniversary Celebration, Nov. 27-28. The Third Annual Boy Scout Aviation Camporee will be held March 18-20, 2011. 

In addition, Fantasy of Flight is committed to finding more war heroes and bringing them to Central Florida’s premiere aviation attraction. WWII Pilots, Soldiers, Flight Nurses, WASP and even Rosie the Riveters are encouraged to contact Fantasy of Flight for upcoming “Living History Symposiums.”  If interested, please contact Stephanie Conner at 863-984-3500 or

Fantasy of Flight general admission is $28.95 for adults, $14.95 for children ages 6-15, plus 7 percent sales tax. Children 5 and younger are free. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Annual passes are available for $69.95 for adults, $39.95 for children ages 6-15, plus 7 percent sales tax, and are good for one year from the date of purchase. Open Cockpit Days are free for Annual Pass holders and $20 additional for paid guests.

For more information, call 863-984-3500 or visit

Updated: July 18, 2011 — 3:24 PM
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