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Vectren Air Show soars higher in USA Today ranking

Diamond formation of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at June’s Vectren Dayton Air Show. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

The Vectren Dayton Air Show has been ranked the No. 4 air show in America by readers of USA Today.

In late July, the newspaper asked readers to rank air shows based on a selection of 20 shows nationwide nominated by industry experts.

“What an honor to be recognized as one of the most prominent shows in the nation again this year,” Scott Buchanan, chairman of the show’s trustees, said in a statement. “We are very proud of the show, its volunteers, fans and sponsors for making this possible,” he added.

The 44th Vectren Dayton Air Show, held at Dayton International Airport, drew in heavy crowds in June. The show had a full schedule of performers, including the U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor, TORA! TORA! TORA!, aerobatic pilots Vicky Benzing and Sean D. Tucker.

This year’s ranking was up from 2017 which placed Dayton at No. 8.

The Marine Corps Air Station show at Cherry Point, NC was ranked first, and Pensacola Naval Air Station show (home of the Blue Angels) was ranked at No. 2.

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

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