Dayton, Ohio—The Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger will see a resurgence in military aircraft at its weekend show on June 18-19 at Dayton International Airport, air show officials said Wednesday, Jan. 27.
In addition to featured performances by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the service has lifted restrictions on aircraft participation in air shows, and the Air Force has doubled its planned participation, including flybys.
The armed forces suspended air show participation in 2013 as a result of congressionaly mandated budget cuts. Jet teams and a few other military demonstrations were gradually restored since then. This year’s air show will bring “significantly more” military aircraft back to the Birthplace of Aviation, air show officials said.
“Military aircraft ground displays and flybys are enormously popular attractions for our air show,” said Michael Emoff, chairman of the United States air and Trade Show Board of Trustees. “Their return is big news and our fans are going to be absolutely thrilled.”
Air show officials said they would announce the types of aircraft that are to appear on static display and flyby in the spring, once confirmations are made with the individual military units providing the aircraft.
The increase in military participation will coincide with the opening of the new, fourth building of the National Museum of the United States Air Force at nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The new building is scheduled to open on Wednesday, June 8. During the air show, continuous express shuttle service provided by Greater Dayton RTA will be available from the museum to the show’s main gate for $3 per round trip.
Air show tickets are now on sale at the show’s web site, daytonairshow.com. For the first time this year, customers will enjoy new print-at-home or print-to- mobile options available for web site purchases.
Beginning May 9, customers may purchase discount general admission tickets at area Kroger stores. This Kroger exclusive offers $3.00 off adult and children tickets at more than 100 Kroger stores in the Dayton-Cincinnati region. Kroger discount tickets are good for either Saturday or Sunday admission.
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. The air show and the national museum are partners of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance
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