AirFest returns to MacDill in 2014 - WFLA News Channel 8

AirFest returns to MacDill in 2014

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - AirFest will return for MacDill Air Force Base in 2014.

The event is scheduled for March 22 and 23, and will be headlined by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds Flight Demonstration Team. 

Officials were forced to cancel AirFest in 2013 because of federal budget cuts known as sequestration.

"We are excited to once again welcome the Tampa community onto MacDill to witness one of the premier aerial demonstration acts in the world, the USAF Thunderbirds," said Col. Scott DeThomas, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander.

In a press release, MacDill officials say they are "mindful of current fiscal realities", and plan to put on a new type of airshow.  The event will even have a different name:  MacDill AFB presents Tampa Bay AirFest.

"This year's show will be a little different from years past to include more civilian aerial demonstrations and static aircraft," said Maj. Matt Parker, AirFest director. "We believe we are creating a template for future military air shows that is fiscally responsible and sustainable."

For more about AirFest, you can visit MacDill's Facebook page or website.

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