US Navy Blue Angels arrive at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa

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For the first time since 2018, MacDill Air Force Base will open its doors to the public.

TAMPA, Fla. — Did you see a blue plane hovering in the sky toward MacDill Air Force Base? Well, there’s a reason for that.

MacDill Air Force Base just got a little busier with the arrival of the US Navy‘s Blue Angels on Thursday.

The flight demonstration squadron showed up in the Tampa Bay area just days before the start of the Tampa Bay AirFest on Saturday, where they will perform.

Arriving in a large plane at the base, the crew rushed out with bags over their shoulders, ready to resume the weekend with stunning performances.

The aviation electrician’s first-class mate Jonathon Kiesznowski said spectators at the event can expect a great performance from the Blue Angels while being able to relax.

“Not only are you in a secure airbase, but being here with the Blue Angels, having so many great personnel around you, it’s not just a place where you can feel safe to bring your family and friends. , corn [also] to have a good time and relax,” Kiesznowski said.

For the first time since 2018, MacDill Air Force Base will open its doors to the public.

“We’re super excited, the first time in four years we can open our doors, which we normally don’t do to the public, … and welcome everyone to base,” said base commander MacDill, Colonel Ben Johnson.

The free event will take place on March 26 and 27 and promises to be filled with “thrilling” flight performances and family-friendly activities.

General admission and parking are FREE. AirFest is offering a limited number of premium seat tickets while supplies last. You can find more information about these tickets here.

Find a complete guide to the Tampa Bay AirFest here.

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