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Vectren Dayton Air Show books Thunderbirds

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Las Vegas, Nevada—The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will appear at the 2015 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger on June 20-21. Air show officials announced the agreement Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the International Council of Air Shows’ annual convention in Las Vegas.

Officials also announced a civilian jet team, the Breitling Jet Team from Dijon, France, will perform in Dayton in 2015, and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will perform in 2016. The air show takes place at Dayton International Airport.

Known as America’s Ambassadors in Blue, the Thunderbirds will dazzle spectators with their incredible flying skills in six F-16 fighter jets, commanded by Lt. Col. Christopher Hammond. The Thunderbirds reflect the precision and professionalism of American airmen, thrilling millions of spectators around the globe.

The Breitling Jet Team from Dijon, France, is the largest civilian jet team in Europe, flying seven L-39 Albatros jets. The popular team, sponsored by Swiss watchmaker Breitling, performs throughout Europe and the Middle East. The team has never performed in North America and will make Dayton part of its first U.S. tour.

In addition, show officials announced the U.S. Navy Blue Angels have selected Dayton for a 2016 performance on June 18th and 19th. The Blues have been thrilling audiences for over 60 years with their six powerful Boeing F/A-18 Hornets and tightly choreographed, high-energy demonstration. A two year scheduling process adopted by the Blues makes this early announcement possible.

“We’re off to an awesome start with both the 2015 and 2016 shows,” said Michael Emoff, chairman of the United States Air and Trade Show Board of Trustees, the show’s governing organization. “Two jet teams in 2015, including the amazing Thunderbirds and International jet team Breitling, is very good news for Dayton. We’re excited,” he added.

All tickets for the Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger are now on sale through the show’s website, The popular Chairman’s Club, Pavilion, Family 4 Pack, and Blue Sky Chalet tickets offer a range of seating amenities.