Monday, June 24, 2013

2013 Vectren Dayton Air Show impresses fans of America’s largest air shows this summer

Dayton, Ohio – An all-star lineup drew good crowds at the 2013 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger this weekend. An estimated 23,000 spectators viewed the 39th annual show held at the Dayton International Airport. Show officials expected lower attendance than normal this year due to the effects of federal sequestration.

On Saturday the show had a fatal accident during a wing-walk performance taking the lives of two experienced performers. The Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger extends condolences to the families of Jane Wicker and Charles Schwenker, who were both lost during their performance. The accident was isolated and no other persons were involved.

“We are pleased with the turnout at this year’s show given the circumstances,” stated Michael Emoff, Chairman of the United States Air & Trade Show Board of Trustees producers of the show. “I want to extend our appreciation to the fans, sponsors and volunteers for their support of this wonderful community event.”

The show presented 14 of the nation’s top aerobatic performances concluding with a Great Wall of Fire finale. In addition, over 40 aircraft were on static display including for the first time performer aircraft at the Performer Pit Row. On Friday SOAR and Special Wish programs hosted nearly 700 children.

Planning will soon begin for the 2014 show tentatively scheduled for June 28th and 29th. Organizers plan to continue the Dayton tradition of producing one of the nation’s most prestigious air shows, showcasing the rich aviation heritage of the Dayton community and promoting the Dayton International Airport as well as Dayton-area tourism.

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.

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