DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The 2016 Vectren Dayton Air Show went on without a hitch over the Father’s Day weekend.
Even though one of its main attractions, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, unexpectedly canceled earlier this month after one of its pilots was killed in a crash while practicing for a show in Tennessee.
In Dayton, Captain Jeff Kuss was remembered.
“The Dayton people as a whole. We’ve had so many people call and ask, are they going to do something special and I think there’s a lot of people out here that are paying tribute to an All-American hero and that warms my heart any time,” said the show’s security director, Roger Doctor. “It’s still a fabulous crowd, it’s busy but it’s not unbearably busy but it is down with the cancellation.”
According to Doctor, other dozen or so acts helped to make it a success. He also attributes the warm and sunny temperatures for the good turnout which made for an even more enjoyable Father’s Day weekend.
“It’s one of those things that’s unique to this area. Little girls, they like it as much as I did. It’s great,” said spectator, Dan Reitz, a father of two girls who he brought with him. “I really do suggest anybody who hasn’t been, to put it on your list of things to do next summer.”
Air Show officials plan to release attendance numbers on Monday.