Macdill Airfest 2011

November 5, 2011 by staff 

Macdill Airfest 2011, Cole and Blake Rodgers got off the V-22 Osprey aircraft airfoils with big smiles on their faces. “This is really great,” said Cole, 11. “I love watching all appliances and electrical cables.”

“I liked being in the cckpit,” said Blake, 12.

The Osprey was the first aircraft of the brothers wanted to see Tampa Airfest 2011, said his mother, Cheryl Rogers. The brothers said, get your curiosity about airplanes – and especially what makes them go – his father, Matthew, who worked in avionics for the Air Force.

The Rodgers were among the first wave of a crowd expected to reach 100,000 in the two-day event at MacDill Air Force.

An hour or so before, the base commander Col. Lenny Richoux spoke of how pleased he was that AirFest is held in November.

“It’s a great day to fly,” Richoux said, who said the decision to move the event from its traditional March calendar was made to increase the planning time and to accommodate the Air Force Thunderbirds precision flying team that were not available in March.

As discussed how AirFest Richoux is an opportunity to show “that the Air Force for the United States,” U.S. jumped Special Operations Command parachute team a C-130 and floated to earth trail of pink smoke.

MacDill has two days of activities planned and includes flyovers by a KC-135 Stratotanker and B-1 bomber.

The Thunderbirds will take to the sky at 2:30 pm

AirFest is more than airplanes.

Hangar 3 is devoted to special forces, with the sample by the Navy SEAL Command, Special Operations Force and Special Operations Command of the Army, among others.

“This is really great,” said Joe Catalano, 25, of Clearwater, holding a Stinger anti-aircraft gun on the shoulder. “It’s a little heavy, but I think it would be fun to shoot.”

11 am As the traffic is slow and steady on the doors, according to Sgt. Bryan Gatewood and parking is about halfway complete.

AirFest 2011 back again tomorrow. Enjoy while you can.

Richoux said the next AirFest probably will not happen until March or April 2013.

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MacDill 2011 AIRFEST

When: 9 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday (MacDill Avenue and Dale Mabry Highway Doors open at 8 am)

Other details: No need for multiple tools, knives, coolers, glass containers, pets, bicycles, skates, skateboards, scooters, shoes with wheels, fireworks and large tote bags

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