Dayton, Ohio –The Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger is searching the
community for youth “Key Influencers” that may be eligible for a ride in an F/A-18 Hornet
flown by the US Navy Blue Angels. The program is something new this year being offered
by the Blue Angels. The show must finalize nominations of individuals by February 4th.
Four individuals are being sought, two as primary riders and two alternates.
"Key Influencers are defined as people who help to shape attitudes and opinions of youth in
their communities. People turn to Key Influencers for advice and information because they
have credibility. They may be experts in their field, public figures, leaders of youth
organizations, teachers, guidance counselors or school administrators. They are not always
the person at the top of an organization, but have a strong impact on recruiting age youth
and/or a specific target audience. Good examples of local community Key Influencers
include: university presidents, area organizers of youth athletics, society award winners,
school board members, high school principals, coaches, and leaders of diversity groups.
Flying these deserving candidates, in cooperation with media presence, will help promote
the Navy and Marine Corps as a professional and exciting organizations with which to
The Navy has stressed to be eligible nominations must be “legitimate” Key Influencers.
Elected officials, freelance reporters and photographers will not normally be considered.
Further, all approvals are made at the “Flag Level” so application content and quality will be
important. There is no age limit, but individuals must be in good physical condition and
meet certain weight and height requirements.
Anyone interested or know of someone that would qualify should submit via e-mail a two
paragraph statement outlining why the rider should be considered. Contact either Terry
Grevious or Brenda Kerfoot at the e-mail address listed above. If eligible the show will work
with the top candidates on a nomination by the deadline.
For more information contact:
Terry Grevious, Executive Director, Vectren Dayton Air Show, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenda Kerfoot, General Manager, Vectren Dayton Air Show, Brenda@daytonairshow.com
shows. The Air Show showcases world-class aerobatic champions, military jet demonstrations and
entertainment for the whole family celebrating Dayton’s aviation heritage as home of the Wright
Brothers, National Museum of the US Air Force and Wright Patterson AFB. For more information visit