DAYTON, OHIO—Two pilots from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron stopped at Dayton International Airport Monday morning, Nov. 16, for a preseason site visit to the Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger.
Blue Angel No. 8, Events Coordinator Marine Captain Corrie Mays, and Blue Angel No. 7, Advance Pilot/Narrator Lieutenant Tyler Davies, arrived in the No. 7 Blue Angels jet, a Boeing F/A-18 Hornet. They conducted brief plane side interviews with local news media before meeting with airport and air show officials to discuss the show.
Last appearing in Dayton in 2014, the Blues have been thrilling audiences for more than 60 years. The team flies six powerful Hornets during its tightly choreographed, high-energy demonstration—sometimes flying as little as 18 inches apart. Blue Angel No. 1, Cdr. Ryan “Boss” Bernacchi, leads the 110-member squadron.
The team will bring 45 members to Dayton to stage the show. GE Aviation Systems of Vandalia, Ohio will host them.
Founded in 1975, the Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger is one of North America’s premier air shows. It features world-class aerobatic champions and entertainment for the whole family, celebrating Dayton’s rich aviation heritage as home of the Wright Brothers, National Aviation Heritage Area and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. It is the sole product of the United States Air and Trade Show, Inc., a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit Ohio corporation that relies on sponsorship and community support to offset costs. The Dayton/Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the show adds $3.2 million to the region’s economy every year.