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Preparations finishing up for Keesler Air Show

Keesler Air Show is scheduled for March 28-29 2015. (Photo source: WLOX News) Keesler Air Show is scheduled for March 28-29 2015. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

It's only a couple of months away, and organizers are working on the finishing touches. The 2015 Keesler Air Show and Open House is sure to be quite a spectacle. 

Before stunt pilots and shiny jets fill up the skies of Biloxi in a few months there is a lot that has to be done. Things like booking the acts. For instance, the U.S. Army's "Golden Knights" parachute team, and the main attraction: the Air Force "Thunderbirds" are expected at the event. 

"Most of the time, you have a year out in order to do that. There's a lot of sponsorship money that has to be raised," said Lieutenant Colonel, Kyle Tate.

He's co-directing the show this year and said that he and his team are reaching out to the City of Biloxi for a $6,000 sponsorship.

Although the budget is tight, councilman George Lawrence loves the thought of helping this weekend event happen.

"Anytime they bring that kind of people to the city. You want tourism? You can't beat that. That's great for the city," said Lawrence.

Air show representatives said the 2011 version of the show brought an estimated 160,000 visitors to the coast. Tate thinks that number is only going to go up this time around.

"We have all elements of the Keesler community, as well as the local community involved because this is a significant event," said Tate.

There will be shuttles bringing visitors onto the base to watch the numerous high-flying acrobatics of the planes, as well as exploring interactive exhibits throughout the open house.

As co-director, Tate is excited to offer this experience for free to the coast.

"This is our gift to local community for what they've done for us, for how they've come to support Keesler. We're here to show our appreciation and that's what this air show is all about," said Tate.

And of course, with a show like this, the sky's the limit. The Keesler Air Show and Open House will be March 28-29 at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.

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