VANDALIA (WRGT) — After the death of Blue Angels pilot Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, the headline act is canceling their appearance at the Dayton Air Show.
Capt. Kuss died when his Blue Angel jet crashed in Tennessee.
“I can’t even imagine what they are going through.” said Roger Doctor, security director for the Dayton Air Show. “It’s going to impact us. I can’t tell you how much. I know I’ve never been to a city like Dayton when it comes to air shows.”
The event draws people from all across the country, and brings business to the Vandalia area.
“We schedule a little more people,” said Harry Stathas with Bunker’s Sports Bar. “I mean, it’s good business when the air show comes. We count on those people.”
The Blue Angels were one of 12 acts originally scheduled for the air show. Their presence has been a mainstay for years.
“That’s why a lot of people come to see them. They fly over our house,” said Ginger Gauvey, a worker at Jim’s Donut shop. “It’s what we always watched every air show since I was a little girl. It was the Blue Angels.”
“There are always people that the military jet team is the main thing to them,” said Doctor.
Dayton Air Show organizers remain optimistic they will put on a quality show without the Angels.
“We’re going to be better than 99 percent of the air shows that are out there even with the Blues not able to be here,” said Doctor.
To makeup for their absence, the Air Show is adding two more acts for a total of 13. One will be an F-18C Hornet, similar to the one the Blue Angels fly, and the other is an aerobatics team out of Cincinnati. They are called Redline.