New Orleans, Louisiana – The Disabled American Veterans will bring its message of service and volunteerism in support of our nation’s veterans to the 2009 N’Awlins Air Show on May 2-3, 2009.
The DAV, an organization of more than 1.2 million disabled veterans, is a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. It is dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for our nation’s disabled veterans and their families.
As part of a national airshow tour, the DAV will bring its timely and patriotic message on the wings of Special Delivery, a fully restored B-25 Mitchell Bomber. Throughout the day, DAV representatives will be on hand and ready to meet, greet and answer questions about the organization’s free services to veterans and their families.
Alongside the B-25, airshow spectators will find a fully interactive display where they can learn more about DAV services and obtain information about veterans benefits. Information on the DAV’s extensive Voluntary Service Network will also be available to let those interested know how to get involved in providing assistance to disabled veterans.
“The DAV is thrilled to bring our message of volunteerism and support to our nation’s sick and disabled veterans to this air show. We believe the men, women and children who will visit this air show are the patriotic, military-friendly citizens that have helped make this nation so great,” said DAV National Commander Raymond E. Dempsey. “The DAV is proud to be among this crowd, and meet those who want to know more about our service to veterans.”
For more information on the Disabled American Veterans, visit their website at
Contact: Marvona Welsh, Lynn May
Dayton, Ohio – The United States Navy, Air Force and Army have confirmed three impressive additions to the 2009 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger, which will be held on July 18th and 19th.The 35th annual show held at the Dayton International Airport will now include a Navy F-18 SuperHornet Demonstration along with an Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration. Also appearing at this year’s show is the Virtual Army Experience, an expansive and sophisticated interactive exhibit.
The Navy’s premier fighter, the F-18 Super Hornet, will roar over Dayton skies to the delight of Air Show spectators. A larger and more advanced version of the F-18 Hornet, the Super Hornet is acarrier-based strike fighter that is operationally active in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Entering servicewith the US Navy in 1999, the Super Hornet replaced the F-14 Tomcat in 2006 and continues to serve alongside the Hornet in the Navy’s fleet. Informally known as the “Rhino”, the F-18 Super Hornet inDayton will be flown by Lt. Bryan “Stag” Pinckney and Lt. James “Cheeze” Presler. The East CoastSuper Hornet Demonstration Team, of Strike Fighter Squadron 106, “The Gladiators” is based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia.
It’s been more than eight years since the A-10 Thunderbolt II appeared in Dayton. The venerable Warthog, dubbed for its unglamorous appearance, came into the Air Force inventory in 1975 and noone guessed that it would still be a valuable asset in 2009. Specially designed for close air support, the Thunderbolt has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude as well as a highly accurate weapons-delivery system. With several upgrades through the years, it’s one tough fighter as the A-10can survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high explosive projectiles up to 23mm and fly when hydraulic power is lost. Known as the “tank buster”, the Thunderbolt has contributed in many operations including Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The Air Combat Command East Coast A-10 Demonstration Team, from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, will provide this year’sThunderbolt Demonstration. Leading this year’s team and flying the demo will be Capt. Johnnie “Dusty” Green, a Seattle, Washington native and an Air Force Academy graduate.
Want to test-drive life in the US Army? You can at the 2009 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented byKroger in the Virtual Army Experience (VAE). The 19,500-square-foot VAE is complete with state-of-the-art Army training simulation technology to create a life-size, networked virtual world. Visitors to the VAE employ teamwork, rules of engagement, leadership and high-tech equipment as they take part in a virtual Army mission. First appearing in Dayton in 2007, the Virtual ArmyExperience became an instant hit among spectators and is one of the most sought after exhibits in theair show industry. With more than 70 flat screens, 5 miles of data cable and 75 computers with 260gigs of processing power, the VAE is one of the most technologically advanced portable displays in thecountry.
Previously announced the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the 2009 Vectren Dayton Air Show and will be commanded by Lt. Col. Greg Thomas, a Cincinnati native and graduate of Anderson High School in Cincinnati and Wright State University in Dayton. The Thunderbirds will be joined by a special appearance of the Brazilian Air Force Smoke Squadron, the Esquadrilha da Fumaça, a seven-ship formation team. Also announced earlier this year were, Tora Tora Tora, an eight aircraft dramatic reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor; Patty Wagstaff, three-time US National Aerobaticchampion and 2004 National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinee; the US Army Golden Knights; a US AirForce C-17 Demonstration; and Sean D. Tucker, a world-famous aerobatic pilot and a 2008 National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinee.
Air shows are among the most cost-efficient family entertainment alternatives available today. The Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger is no exception with three great seating options for bargain-seeking families. First, spectators can receive $3 off the gate price simply by purchasing their tickets through Kroger beginning June 8th. Next, the Family 4 Pack offers tremendous value for thosewanting an all-inclusive package. The $64.95 Pack includes 4 admission tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 Pepsis,parking and a souvenir program, a 40% savings off the full gate price. Finally, the ever-popularPavilion offers a reserved umbrella table seat with free parking for $37. These along with all seatingoptions are available on the show’s website, http://www.daytonairshow.com/.
Barksdale AFB Shreveport, LA – The Disabled American Veterans will once again take to the skies to advance its message of service to disabled veterans. Now, in its seventh season, the DAV Airshow Outreach Program featuring the B-25 Mitchell Bomber of World War II notoriety appears nationwide at over 25 airshows and reaches over 2.7 million airshow spectators annually in an effort to promote the DAV’s mission of building better lives for America’s disabled veterans. The DAV is proud to announce The DAV Flight Team will be making an appearance at the upcoming Barksdale AFB Air Show on May 9-10, 2009.
The DAV Airshow Outreach Program was developed to increase public awareness of disabled veterans and to serve veterans in communities across the nation. Using B-25 medium bombers, the program reminds the public of the sacrifices veterans have made and continue to make to keep our nation free.
The B-25 Bomber enjoys the reputation of achieving the impossible during one of America’s darkest hours in World War II. The medium size bomber was made famous by the daring Doolittle Raid on Tokyo which helped rally America after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The B-25 went on to become the most versatile bomber of World War II, seeing combat in every theater of operation.
“When people both young and old, see the B-25, they are just in awe. While the plane is on display, they get to see the extreme conditions and how tight the quarters were for these boys who flew these into combat and became men. When they see it side by side with other aircraft, they are amazed that just 67 years ago, this was the pinnacle of aviation technology,” said DAV National Commander, Raymond E. Dempsey.
Plan now to attend the Barksdale AFB Air Show on May 9-10, 2009 to see the B-25 and the accompanying interactive display geared at providing airshow spectators an attractive, efficient experience where they can learn about the volunteer opportunities available.
For more information on the Disabled American Veterans, visit the DAV website at www.dav.org. For more information contact: Marvona Welsh 585-748-2428 Marvona@airsupport.com