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MacDill AirFest returns in May 2018

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets perform an aerial maneuver for the Defenders of Liberty Air Show at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 7, 2017. The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

– MacDill Air Force Base’s popular AirFest is returning in May.

The semi-annual airshow draws tens of thousands of people to the South Tampa base to see dramatic aerial performances and up-close tours of aircraft on the ground, including the large KC-135 refueling tankers that call MacDill home.

The last few airshows have featured the U.S. Air Force’s demonstration team, the Thunderbirds.  This year, the Navy’s Blue Angels will be the big draw.

We know this phenomenal community is going to show the U.S. Navy Blue Angels the same level of excitement and enthusiasm, and continue to be the best air show location possible,” an Air Force press release stated.

The Air Force says other performances and plans will be announced as plans develop.

AirFest 2018 is scheduled for May 12 and 13.  As always, admission will be free.