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St. Petersburg to host Suncoast AirFest
County residents get ready to enjoy hurricane-free weekend.
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ST. PETERSBURG – Participants of the Suncoast AirFest will take to the skies Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9 and 10, at the Albert Whitted Airport. Gates for the air show will open both days at 9 a.m. Aerobatic performances will begin at noon on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The skies over Tampa Bay will come to life with the roars of vintage aircraft and the amazing sight of daring aerobatic maneuvers during the show hosted by the Albert Whitted Airport Preservation Society.

Headlining this year’s program will be AeroShell Aerobatic Team. This masterfully precise formation-flying team utilizes vintage North American T-6 aircraft. Thousands of American, Canadian and Spanish pilots learned to fly in these high-performance trainers during World War II.

The four pilots of the AeroShell Team combine skill and daring, while pushing these powerful 600 horsepower antiques through a series of technically difficult and exciting maneuvers.

Nationally renowned air show pilots Fred Cabanas, Jim Maroney, Bud Walker, John Mohr, Steve Coan and John Black will round out the performers. In addition to the planes in the air, there will be a variety of historic, vintage and experimental aircraft on display, as well as a host of classic cars.

Youngsters will have plenty to do in the KidZone, and they also have a chance to sit behind the controls of a real airplane and several types of simulators at the Young Eagle Flight Experience.

Live music and a wide variety of food and beverages will be sold.

Tickets for adults are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Tickets for children 6 to 12 are $5 and kids under 6 are free.

The airport is at 107 Eighth Ave. S.E. just off the I-175 exit on the downtown waterfront. Call 822-1532 or visit

For more things to do this weekend, check out the Entertainment Events Calendar, the Community Calendar and the Outdoors Calendar.
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