View Lakeland, Florida from 3,000 feet up

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Lakeland, Florida from 30,000 feet | Photo via LALtoday team

Just imagine we’re serenading you with Frank Sinatra’sCome Fly With Me” as you read today’s story… because that’s exactly what you can do.

Yesterday, we took to the skies to get a first-hand bird’s eye view of our favorite city in the world. The best part? You can do the same today, Fri., Mar. 18-Sun., Mar. 20, at Lakeland Linder International Airport.

The Experimental Aircraft Association is in town this weekend as part of the Ford Tri-Motor Tour. The event showcases the first mass-produced airliner, which took its maiden flight in 1928, the Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT. The model kicked off the era of commercial flying and was marketed as the first-ever luxury airliner.

Keep reading to see Lakeland landmarks from above + find out how you can take your own flight. ⬇️

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Lakeside Village from above | Photo via LALtoday team

We spy with our little eyes… Lakeside Village. Even from 3,000+ ft, we can spot some tried + true Lakeland locations, including Grillsmith, Saigon Bistro, Thai Oishi, Books A Million, and more.

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View of central Lakeland + Lake Parker | Photo via LALtoday team

The Lakeland Dreadnaughts football stadium, which opened in 1941, was easy to spot thanks to the school’s bright signature colors. If you look just above that, you’ll see Lakeland Regional Hospital, with Lake Parker slightly up and to the right from there.

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If you see your reflection, it’s because you’re looking at a mirror | Photo via LALtoday team

Two lakes for the price of one. In the center, you’ll find Lake Mirror (note the Lake Mirror Complex’s grass steps at the bottom). Using that as your landmark, you’ll find the Lakeland Fire Department on the right, followed by The Joinery, Catapult, the Summit Consulting building, and the Terrace Hotel along the top.

Ready to take off? Book your flight here. Tickets are $52 for children and $72 for adults and can be purchased now through Sun., Feb. 20 only. Pro tip: for an additional charge, you can fly in the cockpit like Rilee did.

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See the gauges on the side? That’s how you know it’s an old plane | Photo via LALtoday team

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The Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT | Photo via LALtoday team

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Our view from the cockpit (and no, we didn’t fly the plane) | Photo via LALtoday team