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Tampa Bay AirFest Returns for the Last Time in at Least Three Years

The Tampa Bay AirFest returns this Friday and Saturday
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Mar. 29 & 30, this Friday and Saturday, the Tampa Bay AirFest returns, along with the fan-favorite U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and free access to MacDill Air Force Base and its surrounding attractions. 

But pay attention, because it’s the last one for at least the next three years, due to an impending expansion on existing hangars.

“Because of construction needed to expand its hangars for the new KC-46 Pegasus tanker aircraft coming to MacDill Air Force Base, there won’t be another AirFest until 2027, at the earliest,” Lt. Laura Anderson, a public affairs officer for MacDill explained in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. “We almost canceled AirFest but decided to squeeze one more in before construction starts,” she finishes.

The KC-26 themselves will be on display for public viewing, along with numerous other vehicles, from vintage and antiques to modern-day aircraft.

The AirFest is, as always, to be held on MacDill Air Force Base in South Tampa. The base’s address is 6901 S. Dale Mabry Highway. Public entrances can be found at the Dale Mabry, MacDill, and Tanker Way gates. If you have an ID with the Department of Defense, you should approach through the Bayshore gate. If you intend on biking, you should only arrive through the MacDill entrance. Remember to bring a helmet; they are required. 

RVs, campers, and other oversized vehicles will not be allowed into the base due to limited parking options. Forms of mass transportation are also prohibited, and it is strongly encouraged to use your own transportation methods and to carpool.

An alternative option is to watch from the surrounding water; since MacDill, along with the rest of South Tampa, is on a peninsula, you can get a great view from all around. There are some restrictions from getting too close to the shore, however. Don’t forget that it is an active military installation.

In preparation for a long day outside, you should bring sunglasses, sunscreen, hearing protection, mobile payment, and refillable water bottles, the website says.

“I’m most excited for the F22 raptors,” Benjamin Gingerella (‘27) said. “I like the sound of their engines. The Blue angels will also be an exciting part of the air show, all because of the high-stake aerobatic stunts they can perform. I’m also excited for the different aircraft that will be available to see. The best part is, it’s different each year, so you never know what to expect.”

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Winter Carbajal
Winter Carbajal, Staff Writer
Winter Carbajal is a sophomore at Robinson and a staff writer for Knight Writers. This is his first year on staff. Carbajal can best be described as eccentric and dedicated. He puts his all into the things that motivate him and strives in environments where he's surrounded by goal-oriented people. "Seeing other people's progress and success motivates me and makes me push myself to try and improve," Carbajal said. One of Carbajal's reasons for joining newspaper was his love for writing. English is one of his fondest subjects and he sees the class as an opportunity to improve his skills. "I like reading anything horror like Stephen King. I really like older stuff too, like the classics," Carbajal said. Along with newspaper, Carbajal plans to get more involved in the Robinson community by joining clubs. He hopes to showcase his societal and political opinions while exploring his interest in biology in clubs like Speech and Debate and Future Healthcare Professionals of America. Inside the journalism room, Carbajal plans to showcase his opinions by writing news and political stories during his time on staff. He finds an interest in community events and involvement, being eager to sell newspaper ads and spread the word about print. Going into the future, Carbajal hopes to make the world a better place, and he believes it all starts with perspective. "I think I would focus on education and acceptance," Carbajal said. "Making everyone see and accept that we're all not that different from each other, we're all human. I want to help people see that."
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