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Thunderbirds To Fill Tampa's Skies

You can expect crowd skies and streets this weekend in south Tampa as the MacDill Air Fest takes off. Admission is free and so is the parking, so, it's expected to draw 100,000 people.

The 2016 MacDill Air Fest will feature aerial performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, as well the U.S. Special Operations Command Para-Commandos.

MacDill Air Force Base, 6801 S. Dale Mabry Highway, will open three gates to the public, at Dale Mabry, Tanker Way and MacDill Ave., starting at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The gates close at 5 p.m.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled at 11:15 – followed by the airshow.

And the Air Fest will have bombers, fighters, and gunships for the public to check out on the flight line and a variety of food vendors. And there will be a commemorative tribute to the "Red Tail Squadron" - the Tuskegee Airmen - with its RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit.

Premium box seats, on folding chairs, can be purchased for $25 and special Flight Line Club luxury seating with a catered lunch is available for $125.

Or you can bring your own folding chairs and small umbrellas because the show will go on – rain or shine – according to MacDill officials.

Bobbie O’Brien has been a Reporter/Producer at WUSF since 1991. She reports on general news topics in Florida and the Tampa Bay region.
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