Navy Blue Angels Headline Dayton Air Show

Jun 22, 2018

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron land in Dayton this weekend for the Vectren Dayton Air Show. The popular flight team last performed in the Gem City in 2014.

The U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration team and the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team round out the headline performances.

"They can make that airplane do a somersault," says air show spokesman Roger Doctor. "I've never seen a demonstration where a jet literally flips itself around to go back the other way. You look at it and wonder 'how can that even be possible.' "

The Dayton Air Show is in its 44th year, drawing an estimated 70,000 people to the annual two-day event.

"We also have the 'Fastest Woman in the Air,' " says Doctor. "Vicky Benzing won the female section of the Reno Air Races, and we've not seen her before [in Dayton], so that's going to be exciting to see her tearing around."

Doctor says there's plenty to see on the ground, too. "Our static display this year [includes] over 50 aircraft on the ground, many that have never been here before."

The Blue Angels canceled a 2016 appearance after Pilot Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss crashed and died during a practice session in Tennessee just weeks before the Dayton event.

Kuss piloted Blue Angel No. 6 and was in his second year with the team, his first as a demonstration pilot. The U.S. Navy temporarily grounded the flying team after the incident.

The Vectren Dayton Air Show is June 23 - 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.