Air Fest '05 is finally here. Air Fest '05 is a Team MacDill and Tampa community event, and admission and parking are free. The official Open House is Saturday and Sunday.
This information is simply to make everyone aware of the excitement that's about to take place and ensure safe and expeditious movement about the base for a great experience.
The Air Fest '05 U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Practice Show is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The flight line will be accessible on Condor Street to MacDill personnel and family beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Thunderbirds perform at 2:30 pm. (Time is subject to change.)
The Bayshore Boulevard Twilight Show is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. You won't want to miss this unique air show over Hillsborough Bay. Show center is across the street from the Davis Conference Center/Officers' Club. The show kicks off with a high altitude, low opening jump by our U.S. SOCOM jump team. At twilight, there will be aircraft performances with pyrotechnics. Afterwards, there will be an Air Fest Kick-Off Party at the Officers' Club.
The Dale Mabry and MacDill Gates are open to the general public Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gates are closed to motor traffic once spectator parking lots are full. These gates are not recommended for base personnel. All vehicles entering these gates will be ushered to general public parking - no exceptions.
The Bayshore Gate is open to routine ID card-carrying personnel with DoD decals and distinguished visitor passes from 4:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The general public will be denied access at this gate.
The Port Tampa Gate and Tanker Gates will be closed.
There is "open" parking for MacDill personnel entering via the Bayshore Gate, however you will be restricted to the south side of the base.
Flight Line Entrance:
There is only one general public entrance. It's located on the North Ramp. Base personnel entering base via the Bayshore Gate can access the flight line via the gate on Condor Street at the southeast corner of Hangar 5. There is no parking on Condor Street-- vehicles will be towed.
Family members and friends accompanying military members must not bring prohibited items to the show including weapons, coolers, glass containers, pets, bicycles, roller blades, skateboards and scooters. Bicycles, roller blades, etc., are acceptable modes of transportation to the event, however, they will not be allowed on the flight line. There is no smoking on the flight line or in the hangars. Military members are responsible for their dependents and guests.
What to Bring:
Make sure to bring water, sunscreen, hearing protection and folding chairs.
No Hat/No Salute:
The flight line will be a no hat/no salute area. However, remember to render proper customs/courtesies during the playing of the national anthem. The U.S. SOCOM jump team will be descending with the American flag. During the National Anthem, face show center and salute.
Uniform of the day for 6th AMW personnel will be battle dress uniforms or flight suits. Mission partners are subject to their units' rules.
Many services are closed to include the BX, Commissary and Burger King. For a complete listing, refer to page 8.
Immediately following the Thunderbird autograph session Saturday & Sunday, the Bryan Edwards Band will perform on-stage on the North Ramp just outside the general public gate near Hangar 2.
First Aid Station:
The first aid station is located inside Hangar 3.
It's everyone's business. If you observe anything questionable (unsafe golf cart driving or aircraft configurations, smoking on the flight line or in hangars) you are to correct the situation, if within your means, or notify someone immediately.
In the unlikely event of an emergency evacuation of the flight line, all uniformed personnel are expected to assist in ushering the general public through the main flight line exit on the north ramp to the wash rack.