MacDill Air Force Space said they plan to kick off the celebration by flying a KC-135 Stratotanker

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[ Stanley Cup celebrations: MacDill Air Force Base to honor Lightning with Tampa flyover ]
The Tampa Bay Lightning will be honored with a flyover Wednesday during the team’s Stanley Cup Championship Celebration at Raymond James Stadium.

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MacDill Air Force Space said they plan to kick off the celebration by flying a KC-135 Stratotanker over the stadium Wednesday night.

The aircraft will be loaded with Bolts flags before it launches from the 6th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill. It’s expected to streak over the stadium around 7:30 p.m.

‘We are honored to recognize the 2020 National Hockey League Stanley Cup Champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay community,’ said Col. Benjamin Jonsson, 6th Air Refueling Wing commander. ‘Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Lightning organization and their fans!’

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Meet Col. Benjamin Jonsson, the new base commander at MacDill

Col. Benjamin Jonsson, 43, assumed command of the 6th Air Refueling Wing in a ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa on Tuesday. Guests, including Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, wore masks.

Jonsson arrived from the Al Udeid Airbase in Qatar, where for the past two years he served as vice commander of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, receiving and operating forces, including airmen arriving from MacDill.

Jonsson moved here with his wife and five children, who are excited to be close to his sister and her family in Wesley Chapel, as well as his parents. They followed his sister in moving to Florida several years ago.


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