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Blue Angels no longer flying over Tampa this weekend

There are no confirmed dates or times for a Tampa flight as of Tuesday, MacDill Air Force Base says.
Grey skies did not stop tens of thousands of people from attending the MacDill Air Force Base 2018 AirFest as they watch the world famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform.
Grey skies did not stop tens of thousands of people from attending the MacDill Air Force Base 2018 AirFest as they watch the world famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times (2018) ]
Published Apr. 28, 2020
Updated Apr. 28, 2020

Those hoping to catch a glimpse on Saturday of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flying over Tampa should put those hopes on hold.

MacDill Air Force Base reported on Tuesday via its Facebook page that it has no confirmed dates or times for a Tampa flyover as part of the national “America Strong” effort honoring healthcare workers, first-responders and other essential personnel in the fight against COVID-19. Officials directed the public to check the U.S. Air Force’s social media for any changes or updates.

“As of right now [the Blue Angels] don’t have Tampa on their schedule,” said Ashley Bauman, Tampa city spokesperson.

The Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds planned to perform over New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The two teams intend to fly over areas hit hardest by COVID-19 through mid-May, according to the U.S. Air Force.

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