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MacDill 2011 AirFest
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration team soar over MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., during AirFest, Nov. 5, 2011. The 2011 AirFest was host to spectacular aerial demonstrations, static displays and featured the Thunderbirds. AirFest gave the Tampa Bay community the opportunity to witness firsthand the capabilities of the armed forces. With an estimated turnout of 80,000 spectators, day one of the two-day air show was a success. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Melanie Bulow-Gonterman)
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MacDill prepares for Air Fest

Posted 2/21/2014   Updated 2/21/2014 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Melanie Bulow-Gonterman
6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

2/21/2014 - MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.  -- MacDill Air Force Base presents the Tampa Bay Airfest 2014 is just around the corner and Team MacDill is working around the clock to prepare for the Air Force Thunderbirds and other aerobatic performers.

On March 22nd and 23rd, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., will open its gates to the public and host one of the largest military air shows in Florida.

This year, the Air Force Thunderbirds will be the headlining aerial demonstration team, with the tight formations and loud roar, onlookers won't be able to take their eyes off these acrobatic wonders. Flying demonstrations will feature current military aircraft, military war birds and civilian aerobatic performers, making the air show one of the most awaited events of the year.

In addition, heaps of military aircraft and equipment will inhabit MacDill's flight line. Various groups representing military organizations, local law enforcement and demonstrations from other services will be there to showcase their mission. This allows MacDill to highlight military missions and its capabilities to the community.

The Tampa Bay community generously teamed up with MacDill to ensure a remarkable Air Fest.

MacDill is one of just six bases that the Air Force Thunderbirds will perform at this year, and expected attendance will be in excess of 200,000 visitors over the weekend.

"These two days in March provide the only opportunity to openly welcome and say thank you to all of the great people in the Tampa Bay and surrounding communities," stated Maj. John Schwartz, 927th Air Refueling Wing deputy director of MacDill AFB presents Tampa Bay AirFest.

For up-to-date information on MacDill Air Force Base presents the Tampa Bay Airfest 2014, visit www.MacDill.AF.Mil and "like" MacDill Air Force Base's Facebook page.

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