Log In
WWII Combo Pack 600x120

Thunderbirds Headline Tampa Bay AirFest

Thunderbirds Headline Tampa Bay AirFest

The man they call Swagger climbs out of the 74-year-old former U.S. Navy training plane with a big smile.

“It’s good to be mayor,” says Bob Buckhorn, moments after taking a flight across Florida’s Tampa Bay in a North American SNJ single engine prop plane. The plane was part of the Geico Skytypers Airshow team, in town for the MacDill Air Force Base Presents Tampa Bay AirFest 2014. A few minutes earlier, Buckhorn, wearing his aviator jump suit and a Airshow team green and blue helmet, was in the back seat of the plane as it flew in a tight formation, traveling about 130 mph about 1,000 feet above the water.

It was a far cry from the speeds and heights Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s wide receiver Vincent Jackson would later achieve as a passenger in one of the Air Force Thunderbirds’ Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons. But for Buckhorn, it was still a thrill.

For the complete story by Howard Altman of The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, click here.

Updated: March 21, 2014 — 1:43 PM

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Airage Media © 2017
For all Licensing, Permissions, Awards and Reprint requests please contact our official partner Wright's Media for more information. Please note that Wright's Media is the only authorized company that we’ve partnered with for materials and assets. Wright's Media contact: airage@wrightsmedia.com or (877) 652-5295.
WordPress Video Lightbox