DAYTON, Ohio – Sean D. Tucker, the Misty Blues All Woman Skydiving Team and a Vought F4U Corsair will highlight the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger in addition to the previously announced U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, show officials say.
Dayton’s main aviation event is scheduled for June 24 and 25 at the Dayton International Airport. Officials announced the additions on Thursday, Jan. 12.
More than 80 million people around the world have witnessed the dramatic aerobatic maneuvers of Sean D. Tucker. Tucker’s performance in his 400-horsepower Oracle Challenger biplane is so rigorous it requires him to practice three times daily. Tucker is a 2008 National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinee, and he is a regular feature performer at Dayton’s show.
The Misty Blues are to open the 2017 show by jumping with a massive, 60-foot American flag during the singing of the National Anthem. The full six-member team will skydive later in the show as a feature attraction. Together they hold 35 world records and have completed 40,000 jumps. The Misty Blues last performed in Dayton in 2012. One of their signature pink and blue jump suits is on display in Dayton in the Aviation Trail Parachute Museum.
The Chance Vought F4U Corsair became well-known as the fighter of the famed Black Sheep squadron in the Pacific theater of World War II. This aircraft will be flown by warbird pilot Dave Folk. It will be on static display when not performing.
Show officials also said the U.S. Navy Blue Angels are to perform at the 2018 air show on June 23 and 24.
“We’re off to a great start with both the 2017 and 2018 shows,” stated Michael Emoff, Chairman of the United States Air and Trade Show Board of Trustees, the show’s governing organization. “These exciting attractions together with those announced earlier are the beginning of what will be an awesome show. What’s even better is that we will add more terrific features in the coming months.”
Show officials expect to announce additional military flying demonstrations and ground displays by early spring as the resurgence in military participation in air shows continues in 2017.
Tickets for the 2017 show are on sale at the show’s website, daytonairshow.com with print-at-home and print-to-mobile options. Beginning May 15, customers will be able to buy discount general admission tickets at more than 100 Kroger stores in the Dayton and Cincinnati region.
About the Vectren Dayton Air Show
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, military jet demonstrations and entertainment for the whole family, celebrating Dayton’s rich aviation heritage as home of the Wright Brothers, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and National Aviation Heritage Area. It is produced by 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.