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Dayton Air Show named among nation’s best

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels headlined this year's Vectren Dayton Air Show.

One of the largest events in Dayton has been ranked one of the top air shows in America.

The 44th annual Vectren Dayton Air Show, presented by Kroger, was named the No. 4 air show in America by the readers of USA Today. The top 10 choices were chosen from 20 shows nationwide, nominated by industry experts.

This year’s ranking was an increase for the air show, as it was ranked No. 8 last year.

“What an honor to be recognized as one of the most prominent shows in the nation again this year,” said Scott Buchanan, chairman of the United States Air and Trade Show Board of Trustees, producers of the event. “We are very proud of the show, its volunteers, fans and sponsors for making this possible.”

The Vectren Dayton Air Show features world-class aerobatic champions, military jet demonstrations and entertainment for families each year. This year’s air show featured the U.S. Navy Blue Angels as headliners, along with the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration team and the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, among other attractions.

The air show has a $3.2 million impact on the region’s economy and attracts 65,000 attendees per year. A majority of attendees are within a 50-mile radius of the Dayton area and approximately 20 percent of attendees travel from regions outside of Dayton to visit the show.

The show is supported by the city of Dayton, city of Vandalia, Dayton International Airport and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and receives backing from Vectren Corporation, Kroger, GE Aviation and UTC Aerospace Systems among others. Over 1,000 volunteers join these organizations to put on the show each year.

The 2019 show will be headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and will be held June 22 and 23.