TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - MacDill Air Force Base is expecting more than 200,000 visitors this weekend for its Tampa Bay Airfest 2014. 2nd Lt. Patrick Gargin said they've got a big show planned.
“We have about 19 aerial acts and at least 19 static displays. The static displays are when you get a chance to just walk right up to the aircrafts - quite a few military aircrafts will be out on our ramp,” Gargin said.
The headliner both days is the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
This year's show will feature stars of the Weather Channel's Hurricane Hunters and Coast Guard Florida. This year's AirFest ramp will be entirely packed with military aircraft, warbirds, military vehicles, equipment from all military branches, along with the displays of the incredible aviation and ground equipment of our local law enforcement partners.
Military aircraft and equipment on static display will include: C-5, C-17, KC-10, KC-135, B-52, B-1, F-16, F-15, A-10, T-6, T-38, C-130H2, AC-130, WC-130, C-21, HH-60, Draken Aviation A-4K Skyhawk & MB-339CB, and many other vintage warbirds.
Don't forget the gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday March 22 & 23. Expect airport style security, so don't bring anything to the show that you wouldn't bring on an airline flight. Coolers, glass containers, pets, fireworks, and large tote bags are all prohibited to ensure the security and safety of all attendees. Bicycles, roller blades, etc., are acceptable modes of transportation to the event; however, they will not be allowed on the flightline.
You can park right on the base, but expect heavy traffic and long lines to get through security.
Parking and admission is free.
AM Tampa Bay was LIVE Friday previewing Airfest. Here's a look...