DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) — The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels made a special stop in the Miami Valley Monday afternoon.
Two crew members landed at Dayton International Airport for a preseason visit ahead of the 2020 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger. The goal was to finalize the site, airspace and details for the air show.
The air show is happening June 27 and June 28, 2020. This will mark the 46th consecutive year for the show at the Dayton International Airport.
The team flies six Boeing F/A-18 Hornets through a tightly choreographed demonstration. Sometimes the Blue Angels fly as closely as 18 inches apart and as fast as 700 mph. The 110-member squadron will be led by Command Brian “boss” Kesselring, flying lead in Blue Angel #1.
“You can expect the same great show you see every year, a lot of dynamic maneuvers and a lot of very tight formation flying out of our diamond formation,” said Lt. Commander Adam Kerrick.
The goal is to inspire as many children and flight enthusiasts as possible.
“”It feels great the team comes up here every few years and we’re fire up to be here and we’re looking forward to the air show in June,” said Lt. Commander Adam Kerrick.
The last time the Blue Angels appeared in Dayton was in 2018.
Four other acts have also been announced. TORA! TORA! TORA! will return with an emotional reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Kevin Coleman and Redline Airshows will also be featured.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 show online. Discount tickets will be on sale at area Kroger stores beginning May 18, 2020.