DAYTON — An all-star lineup headlined by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor drew thousands of spectators to the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger. Officials estimate 62,000 people attended the 44th annual show held at Dayton International Airport this past weekend.
The show, a premier summer event in the Dayton region, experienced increased military support both flying and on the ground. Sponsorship participation was at an all-time high and many of the show’s specialty seating venues sold out. The show also continues to enjoy tremendous support from many volunteer organizations in the community that provide personnel to work in key areas.
“We can’t be more pleased with the outcome of this year’s show,” stated Scott Buchanan, Chairman of the United States Air & Trade show Board of Trustees, producers of the show. “The weather cooperated and spectators came out in big numbers. We’re very thankful to our sponsors and volunteers who helped make the show a success.”
In addition to the Blue Angels, F-22 and other top attractions, the show featured a B-52 heavy bomber, the B-17 Movie Memphis Belle and Orbis Flying Eye Hospital aircraft displays. On Friday, SOAR and Special Wish children’s programs were attended by nearly 1,000 kids.
The tradition of aviation in Dayton will continue with the 2019 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger scheduled for June 22nd and 23rd headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.