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AirFest 2009 on Saturday, Sunday at Tampa's MacDill AFB

When: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Enter through gates on either Dale Mabry Highway or MacDill Avenue. Gates open at 8 a.m., but drivers often start lining up at 6 a.m.

Parking: About 14,000 spots available. Gates close either when spaces run out or by 2 p.m., when all lanes become outbound.

Traffic information: Dial 511 (free call, but your carrier may charge cell minutes) or visit for details on congestion and crashes.

Buses: HART is extending its Route 4 on Saturday and Sunday to take people back and forth from downtown Tampa to the base. Fare is $1.75 one way, or 85¢ for those age 65 and older, people 17 and younger, people with disabilities and Medicare cardholders. Children 4 and younger ride free. Go to for information or call HART at (813) 254-4278.

Thunderbirds: Main attraction will start about 3 p.m.; they'll be in the air about 45 minutes. Afterward, pilots will sign autographs.

What to bring: Water, sunscreen, hats, earplugs, chairs and cameras.

Don't bring: Coolers, glass, pets, bikes, skateboards, scooters, fireworks, alcohol or large tote bags.

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Compiled by Jessica Vander Velde, Times staff writer

AirFest 2009 on Saturday, Sunday at Tampa's MacDill AFB 03/26/09 [Last modified: Friday, March 27, 2009 12:11am]
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