Air-to-air photo of 1928 Fairchild

Dayton Air Show to salute NPS centennial

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DAYTON, Ohio — The Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger will salute the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary this year by displaying the service’s very first airplane—a 1928 Fairchild, meticulously restored to its original, flyable condition.

Now owned by Greg Herrick as part of his Golden Wings Flying Museum in Blaine, Minn., the FC-2W2 monoplane will be flown to Dayton for static display in the June 18-19 air show at Dayton International Airport.

The Fairchild will share the static display ramp with another symbol of aviation heritage, the one-of-a-kind Wright B Flyer, a modern lookalike of the 1910-era Wright Model B that the Wright brothers produced in Dayton in America’s first airplane factory. The “B” will also fly in the air show each day.

The Fairchild originally belonged to the National Advisory Council on Aeronautics. The National Park Service (NPS) owned it from 1936 to 1942, flying it for passenger transport, medical evacuation, mail, payroll and supplies to points on North Carolina’s Outer Banks—the same string of islands where Wilbur and Orville Wright made their first powered flights.

The display is supported by the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and the National Aviation Heritage Area as an official National Park Service centennial event. The service turns 100 on Aug. 25, 2016.

The Fairchild and the Wright B Flyer will join the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, the U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs and TORA! TORA! TORA!, a dramatic recreation of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Also appearing will be Hall of Famers Sean Tucker and Patty Wagstaff along with Melissa Pemberton, the P-51 Mustang “Baby Duck” and Redline Airshows of Cincinnati.

Following its tactical demonstration, the Super Hornet will fly a special tribute to USMC Capt. Jeff Kuss, U.S. Navy Blue Angels No. 6, who lost his life on June 2 while performing a practice flight with the team. That accident resulted in the Blues suspending flight operations temporarily, leading to the cancellation of their appearance at Dayton this year.

Learn more and purchase tickets online at daytonairshow.com.