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High-flying thrills await at the Vectren Dayton AIr Show

Planes at the Vectren Dayton Air Show
Planes at the Vectren Dayton Air Show
courtesy Vectren Dayton Air Show

Aircraft roaring across the sky in perfect formation just inches from each other and performing precision aerobatic exercises. Skydivers with colorful parachutes floating to earth, a jet truck that can shoot fireballs. These are just some of the electrifying sights and sounds that await you when you attend the annual Vectren Dayton Air Show being held at Dayton International Airport on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29.

Vectren Dayton Air Show Held every year to celebrate Dayton's aviation heritage, the Air Show showcases world renowned military and civilian pilots and features scores of ground aircraft on display in addition to thrilling aerobatic and precision skill performances. More than 80,000 people are expected to attend.

Historical Note: Dayton is the birthplace of aviation pioneers, Wilbur and Orville Wright.

One of the featured acts is the U.S. Navy Blue Angels which consists of six powerful Boeing F/A - 18 Hornets (stationed at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida) which perform a tightly choreographed, high energy routine that includes flying as little as 18 inches off the ground.

Other featured performers include a U.S. Marine Corps C-130 Hercules Airlifter named "Fat Albert," the U.S. Air Force Wings of Blue precision Skydiving team and the Shockwave Jet Truck that shoots fireballs and billowing smoke and can attain speeds of more than 300 MPH.

Visitors will get the chance to take a ride in a UH-1H "Huey" Helicopter or a AH-1F Cobra Helicopter. A Vietnam re-enactment group (The Sky Soldiers) will provide an 8-10 minute ride in a vintage "Huey" for $70 per person. The doors of the helicopter will be open during the flight, weather permitting.

For $295 per person, visitors can take a 7-8 minute ride in the AF-1F Cobra Attack Helicopter. A 15 minute ride will cost you $495 per person. You must be at least 17 years of age to ride. Weight restrictions may apply.

Ground displays at the Vectren Dayton Air Show will feature a variety of aircraft from the U.S. armed services in addition to numerous civilian aircraft. Visitors will be able to talk to various men and women of the military who will give information about the aircraft they fly.

There will be a Vectren's Kids Hangar providing lots of activities for the children including face painting, digging in a huge sandbox and climbing on a backyard gym. Food, beverages and restrooms are located nearby. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Also for the kids, the Aerospace Adventure provides interactive, hands-on activities, safety equipment demonstrations, rocketry, global positioning tutorials and aerodynamic experiments geared to children, 6-16. There will also be flying simulators to enjoy.

Hours for the Vectren Dayton Air Show are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday with the main show attractions beginning at noon.

General admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $15 for youth ( 6-11). Ages 5 and under are free. You can purchase an advance Family 4-Pack for $74.95. The 4-Pack includes 4 General Admission tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 Cokes, one General admission parking pass and one Air Show souvenir book. This package must be purchased in advance . (Last day is June 27). There will be no availability at the gate.

For more information about the Vectren Dayton Air Show or to purchase tickets get online at You can also call 1-877-FLY-Day-1.

Dayton International Airport is located at 3800 Wright Vandalia, Ohio. It is approximately a 3 hour, 20 minute drive from Cleveland.

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