Monday, May 20, 2013

Dusty, star of Disney’s Planes to appear in Dayton

Dayton, Ohio – The summer release of Disney’s Planes, the animated comedy adventure from above the world of the popular 2006 film Cars, has the entire aviation community buzzing.  Disney’s Planes captures all of the thrill and excitement that flying has to offer—plus a lot of heart and humor.

For thousands of air show attendees, the movie will jump to life with Dusty’s flying performance at select air shows across the country. Dusty will show off his talents, communicate with the crowd and be accompanied by an exclusive and uplifting Disney musical score.

In addition, the movie will come to life with a colorful interactive display that will be loaded with activities. The display, which is a great attraction for children and adults alike, will feature stickers, tattoos, coloring sheets and more featuring all of the characters from Disney’s Planes.

Disney’s Planes is a great underdog story, said director and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall. “It has a lot of heart and a message we can all use: If we can believe in ourselves, step out of our comfort zones and get past whatever fear is holding us back, we’d be surprised with the results. And that’s exactly what happens to Dusty in this movie. He’s a crop duster who’s never flown above 1,000 feet, but he dreams of being the fastest air racer in the world. He has a lot of obstacles to overcome and needs to dig pretty deep to find the courage to become more than he was built for.”

“The Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger is a wonderful family event and we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of the ultimate family experience with this very special appearance of Dusty from Disney’s Planes.  We invite those of all ages to join us for this most unique event,” Hall added.

Along with Dusty, the 2013 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger takes off on June 22nd and 23rd at the Dayton International Airport.  In total, there will be 15 feature attractions in the air and a host of ground display aircraft and interactive exhibits.  Flying attractions range from award-winning aerobatic great Sean D. Tucker to the only flying B-29 Superfortress in the world, "FIFI", to a first ever demonstration of the MiG-17.  Spectators will also enjoy the AeroShell Formation Aerobatic Team and the "Great Wall of Fire" just to name a couple more.  Visit the show website at for a complete lineup and ticket information.

The Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger is produced by the United States Air and Trade Show, Inc, a 501(c)6) not-for-profit Ohio Corporation that relies on sponsorship and community support to offset the cost of producing the event. The Dayton/Montgomery Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates that the show has a $3.2 million annual economic impact on the region. 


The owner and pilot of the aircraft tapped to play the role of Dusty in the air show performances is Texas-based aerial applicator Rusty Lindeman, who customized one of his own Air Tractor AT-301 airplanes to match Dusty’s paint scheme and features. Manufactured in Olney, Texas, Air Tractor aircraft are used for agricultural spraying, seeding and fertilizing, plus forestry protection, fire fighting and more in the U.S. and more than 30 countries around the world. “We’re happy to help bring Dusty to life for the performances and hope that the audience will have fun and learn a bit more about the importance of aerial application in modern agriculture,” said Air Tractor’s Kristin Edwards.  Air Tractor's founder, Leland Snow, designed, built and flew his own purpose-built crop duster in 1953 and devoted his career to designing bigger and better aircraft for aerial application.


From above the world of Cars comes Disney’s Planes, an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a highflying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. Featuring a talented roster of voice talent, including Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and more, Disney’s Planes, takes off in theaters on Aug. 9, 2013. For more information, check out, like us on Facebook: and follow us on Twitter:

Founded in 1975, the Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger is one of America’s premier air 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

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