U.S. Navy jets screaming across the sky in perfect formation just inches from each other. Military battle re-enactments raging above you. Skydivers with colorful parachutes floating to earth. These are just some of the electrifying sights and sounds awaiting you when you attend the annual Vectren Dayton Air Show being held at the Dayton International Airport on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8. It is approximately a 3 hour, 20 minute drive from Cleveland.
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 more than 100 ground aircraft on display and thrilling aerobatic 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 performers is the U. S. Navy Blue Angels jet team known for their amazing choreographed demonstrations highlighting speed, power, skill and precision that will take your breath away as they soar across the sky.
Another attraction that you won’t want to miss is the “Tora Tora Tora” battle re-enactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Watch as 8 aircraft engage in battle amidst smoke, fire and explosions.
Other featured performers include the Misty Blue all-woman skydiving team, Gene Soucy Wingwalking, and demonstrations by the Tuskegee T-6 Texan and The U. S. Coast Guard’s HH-65 Dolphin.
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 $50. The doors of the helicopter will be open during the flight, weather permitting.
For $450 per person, visitors can take a 15 minute ride in the AH-1F Cobra Attack Helicopter (presented by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation). You must be at least 17 years old to ride. Weight restrictions may apply.
Ground displays at the Dayton Air Show feature more than 100 aircraft from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Air Force in addition to numerous civilian aircraft. Visitors will be able to talk to various men and women of the armed services who will give information about the aircraft that they fly.
There will be a Vectren 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 are also flying simulators to enjoy.
Hours for the Vectren Dayton AIr Show are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday with main show attractions beginning at 11 a.m.
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 of tickets for $74.95. The 4-Pack includes 4 General Admission tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 Pepsi’s, one General Admission parking pass and one Air Show souvenir book. This package must be purchased in advance. There will be no availability at the gate.
Fore more information about the Vectren Dayton Air Show or to purchase tickets get online at www.daytonairshow.com. You can also call 1-877-FLY-DAY-1.
Dayton International Airport is located at 3600 Terminal Dr. in Vandalia, Ohio. It is approximately a 3 hour, 20 minute drive from Cleveland.