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Dayton Air Show takes flight next weekend (See the lineup and photos)

One of the largest and best-known events in the Dayton region is almost here. The 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show will present its 44th annual program June 23-24 at the Dayton International Airport.

The show will feature 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.

Note: Click on the above photos to see the acts

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.

“What an awesome show we have for you in 2018”, said Scott Buchanan, chairman of the United States Air and Trade Show Board of Trustees, producers of the show.

Featured programming includes:

  • TORA! TORA! TORA! – Reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor complete with pyrotechnics technology.
  • Sean D. Tucker – Watch the 2008 National Hall of Fame inductee fly his 400 hp Oracle Challenger in his last performance.
  • B-17 movie Memphis Belle screening.
  • Vicky Benzing – Watch West Coast star, known as the “fastest woman at Reno Air Races ever,” perform with her high-performance Extra 300S for the first time in Dayton.
  • Redline Aerobatics Team – Cincinnati pilots Ken Rieder and Jon Thocker perform with planes they built in their garages.
  • Screamin’ Sasquatch – Performance featuring a 1929 Jet Waco biplane built in Troy.
  • Tuskegee P-51 Mustang and Rise Above Theater – Performance featuring the “Red Tail” P-51 Mustang flown in WWII by Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots, and a short film presentation about the history of these airmen.
  • Ground displays – Tour aircraft from modern military to WWII warbirds, among other civilian aircrafts, including Air Force B-52 heavy bomber, Orbis MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital, Marine Corp MV-22 Osprey and carrier-based Navy E-2C Hawkeye reconnaissance aircraft.
  • Meet and greet the members of the U.S. military.
  • Vectren Kids Hangar, interactive activities and displays.
  • Food, beverages and merchandise available for purchase.

Attendees can buy discounted general admission tickets at Kroger stores within the Dayton and Cincinnati area. Specialty seating options are available for purchase on the show’s website. Spectators can take the continuous Park & Ride Express Shuttle service from the U.S. Air Force Museum and Wright Stop Plaza in downtown to the show’s main gate, provided by Greater Dayton RTA.

Founded in 1975, the Vectren Dayton Air Show is one of North America’s top air shows and is produced by the United States Air and Trade Show Inc. The annual show features entertainment celebrating Dayton’s aviation heritage, including being home to the Wright Brothers, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and National Aviation Heritage Area.

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