Vectren Dayton Air Show

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Vectren Dayton Air Show
Dayton Air Show 2009.jpg
Thunderbirds at the 2009 Dayton Air Show
Genre Air show
Dates July (Since 2013, late June)
Frequency Annually
Venue Dayton International Airport
Location(s) Vandalia, Ohio
Country United States
Attendance 80,000 (2010)
Activity Static displays
Aerobatic displays

The Vectren Dayton Air Show is an annual event held at the Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio, eight miles north of Dayton, Ohio. The show takes place on a weekend in mid-July each year, but as of 2013, late June. The history of this flight exhibition dates back to 1910 and the Wright Company. [1] Dayton is the hometown of the Wright brothers and is where Orville and Wilbur built their first powered plane. [2] The show's main sponsor is Vectren Corporation and it is considered to be one of the country’s premier aviation events.

It is estimated that the 2010 Dayton Air Show attracted nearly 80,000 people and had a $5 million impact on the Dayton region's local economy.[3] The 2012 show is estimated to have a $3 million impact on Dayton's economy.

Performers and performances[edit]

The Dayton Air Show showcases some of the world's best known civilian and military pilots. One of which includes the Blue Angels[4] Other notable yearly performances include: the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Sean D. Tucker, Patty Wagstaff, and others.[5] Included with these are also various fly-overs by aircraft such as the F-18 Super Hornet, B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress, A-10 Thunderbolt, P-51 Mustang, C-5 Galaxy, and more.[5] Along with performances, there are also more than 100 ground aircraft on display.[6]

The following is a list of all aircraft that have performed in the Dayton Air Show in 2009 and 2010. Please note that only the acts are listed, not static displays or other ground attractions.

2011* (performances as of 1/20/11)



C-17 fly-over at 2009 Dayton Air Show



US Air, Trade & Technology Conference and Exposition[edit]

The US Air Trade and Technology Conference and Exposition (USATT) was initiated by Congressman Mike Turner to bring together contractors, subcontractors, governments, and others to discuss issues pertaining to the aerospace industry.[9] The program focuses on UAVs, human performance, sensors, and alternative fuels, among other things.[10] Although the (USATT) takes place during the Dayton Air Show, it is not open to the public.

Accidents and fatalities[edit]

An accident during a stunt flight resulted in the death of Jim LeRoy, who was pronounced dead on July 28, 2007 in a military MEDEVAC helicopter while in transit to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.[11][12][13] The reason of this crash was reported as pilot error by the NTSB.[14]

On June 22, 2013, a plane carrying wing walker Jane Wicker crashed at the air show, killing both Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker.[15]

On June 23, 2017, the day before the air show, a Thunderbirds F-16D jet, not scheduled to perform, was taxiing to a staging area after a familiarization flight, when witnesses reported a gust of wind flipped the aircraft onto its top in a grassy area next to the taxiway. Both the pilot and a team crew member were trapped in the airplane for two hours; the pilot suffered only minor injuries while the crew member had no visible injuries. The Thunderbirds canceled their scheduled performances for both days of the air show.[16][17][18]

Effect of weather on attendance[edit]

Unusually high temperatures led to greatly decreased attendance for the 2012 show. As such, it was announced in October, 2012 that the 2013 show would be moved from July to June.[19] The trend has continued through 2016; the 2016 show was held from June 18-19 2016. The previous year's air show had lost attendance as well due to weather, however, the loss was due to heavy rains, which also forced the temporary grounding of some acts.[20] An estimated 51,000 spectators attended the 2016 show, a large increase from the 40,000 of the previous year. This was despite the absence of a scheduled headliner act, the Blue Angels, following the group's temporary grounding due to the death of one of its pilots in a crash on June 2.[21]


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  2. ^ "Dayton Air Show; Dayton International Airport, July 29 - 30, 2006". EVENT NEWS. NASA. 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Dayton Air Show annual facts". 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  4. ^ (Manning:2007)
  5. ^ a b "Performers". Archived from the original on 2013-01-20. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  6. ^ "Static aircraft". Archived from the original on 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  7. ^ "2010 Performers and Performances". Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  8. ^ "2009 Performers and Performances". Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  9. ^ "USATT". Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  10. ^ "USATT 2". Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  11. ^ "Dayton Air Show Crash Kills Pilot - News Story - WHIO Dayton". Archived from the original on 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  12. ^ Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash — Civil Aviation Forum |
  13. ^ "Coroner: Pilot Died Instantly - News Story - WHIO Dayton". Archived from the original on 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  14. ^ Nolan, John (June 20, 2008). "Federal inquiry cites pilot error in fatal Dayton Air Show crash". Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2008. 
  15. ^ Gomez, Alan (2013-06-22). "Plane with wing walker crashes at Ohio air show, kills 2". USA Today. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  16. ^ Staff (June 23, 2017). "Thunderbird F-16 plane flips on its top at Ohio air show". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
  17. ^ Associated Press (June 23, 2017). "2 on Thunderbirds jet in Ohio accident in good condition". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
  18. ^ Breaking news staff; Barber, Barrie; Driscoll, Kara (June 24, 2017). "Thunderbirds will not perform Sunday at Vectren Dayton Air Show". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
  19. ^ Barber, Barrie (October 11, 2012). "Dayton Air Show moved to June". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  20. ^ Barber, Barrie (September 10, 2015). "Blue Angels and WWII act headline 2016 air show". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved June 3, 2016. 
  21. ^ Barber, Barrie (June 20, 2016). "Dayton Air Show brings in estimated 51K people". WHIO-TV. Retrieved June 20, 2016. 


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