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MacDill Cancels Airfest
Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg Times) ^ | March 1, 2013 | William R. Levesque

Posted on 03/02/2013 1:24:03 PM PST by Iron Munro

TAMPA — MacDill Air Force Base officials announced Friday they have canceled the Airfest scheduled for April 6 and 7 because of forced budget cuts.

"We waited until the very last minute kind of hoping for a breakthrough," said Terry Montrose, a spokesman for the 6th Air Mobility Wing. "We just came up against some unfortunate circumstances that won't allow it to happen."

Montrose said even a budget breakthrough in the next few days would be unlikely to save the Airfest, given the months of planning required.

"I don't see how we could turn it back on," he said.

The Airfest draws more than 80,000 people and would have featured the Navy's demonstration flying team, the Blue Angels.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: budgetcuts; military; sequester
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To: Iron Munro

As nice as the airshows are, taxpayers shouldn’t be footing the bill for them. I don’t know how much it costs to put on one of these shows, but if this is one of the results of the budget cuts, we can live without them.


21 posted on 03/02/2013 2:30:58 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America; SandRat; devolve

22 posted on 03/02/2013 2:32:16 PM PST by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
Go Air Force.

That's for the washouts who can't handle carrier landings.

23 posted on 03/02/2013 2:43:53 PM PST by Jacquerie ("How few were left who had seen the republic!" - Tacitus, The Annals)
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To: adorno

How about grounding all government airplanes, excepting the military. That would save a lot of money.


24 posted on 03/02/2013 3:16:39 PM PST by khenrich (These days, people pine for Jimmy Carter........)
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To: adorno

How about grounding all government airplanes, excepting the military. That would save a lot of money.


25 posted on 03/02/2013 3:16:55 PM PST by khenrich (These days, people pine for Jimmy Carter........)
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To: Iron Munro

Wow...that sucks...being fromTampa this airshow means a lot to the Tampa area. ..


26 posted on 03/02/2013 3:24:04 PM PST by Popman
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To: matt04
Airshows can easily get tens of thousands of people showing up. Most people would have no problem paying a small entry fee to offset some of the costs.

I've been to several air shows over the years, in fact, as recently as last September. The largest I've attended, going back about ten years, was the Dayton Air Show. Anyway, my point is they all charge an admission fee, or at least that's been my experience.

27 posted on 03/02/2013 3:34:32 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

MacDill is an Air Force base. At least it was the last time I was on base.


28 posted on 03/02/2013 5:03:04 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: murron

Airshows are more about PR and recruiting then anything else.


29 posted on 03/02/2013 5:05:23 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: matt04

The Cleveland Air Show fee is $19/adult and $12/children. It is an excellent show and is very well attended. I have gone to quite a few air shows over the years around the country. None has been free.


30 posted on 03/02/2013 5:28:33 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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Let them watch “THE RED BARON” on cable

It is a 2008 German film directed by Nikolai Müllerschön about the World War I fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen.

It was filmed in the Czech Republic and is an excellent action movie I saw (again) just a few days ago that depicts the changing thoughts and the rapid aging of some young men.

I would say the same could follow for some German pilots towards the end of WWII - but not the Japanese pilots.

- But then - what do I know?

I live in the 19th century.

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31 posted on 03/02/2013 6:13:20 PM PST by devolve ( ------------ ---It is not where Obama was born that is the problem - it is where he*s living now -)
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To: Iron Munro

Doesn’t the military already have its 2013 budget?

I sense this is theatrics.


32 posted on 03/02/2013 6:39:34 PM PST by RginTN
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To: driftdiver

Yeah, that’s why I said that about the Navy fliers, and some didn’t catch my humor, but I let it go. As an older FReeper, I’m just giving everyone a wider birth. The Navy guys should understand that one.


33 posted on 03/05/2013 12:35:00 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Iron Munro
Hmmmm....Budget cuts hitting the military.....Meanwhile in other news.....

U.S. Releases $250 Million in Aid to Egypt After John Kerry’s Meeting With President Morsi

Egypt is trying to meet conditions to close on a $4.8 billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund. An agreement would unlock more of the $1 billion in U.S. assistance promised by President Barack Obama last year and set to begin flowing with Kerry’s announcement.

Sequestration? What sequestration?

34 posted on 03/05/2013 12:42:14 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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