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TAMPA — Citing concerns over the coronavirus, organizers have canceled the 2020 Tampa Bay AirFest scheduled for the weekend of March 28-29.
No alternative dates were announced.
“We are doing everything we can to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. MacDill Air Force Base personnel and their families live, work and attend school in this community,” a news release from the base said.
"And we are committed to doing our part to limit the spread of this virus and preserve the ability of our service members to provide for national defense and current worldwide military missions. "
Held every two years, the show, draws some 750,000 people to the flight line at MacDill, according to the city of Tampa’s website.
The Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team, flying F/A 18 A Hornets, was scheduled to headline the show.
Another highlight was scheduled to be a six-plane World War II-era performance squadron to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the war.
The team was to perform an 18-minute, low-level, precision-flying demonstration in remembrance of those who served during the war.
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