Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Dayton, Ohio – For the first time in show history, spectators will see all the performing up-close in the new Performer Pit Row. The Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger will take place on June 22nd and 23rd at the Dayton International Airport. Also confirmed for the 39th annual event, UFC Lightweight Champion, Ben Henderson, will appear at the U.S. Air Force Reserve booth on Saturday, June 22nd.
Unlike prior years when performer aircraft were parked in restricted areas in front of the fence line, the Performer Pit Row will be in the center of show grounds with easy access for spectators. Aircraft will be secured with volunteer plane captains, and the new area will not only permit closer viewing of the performing aircraft, but will also give air show fans the chance to see the stars of the show as well.
The Air Force Reserve is thrilled to host Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion, Ben Henderson at their display on show grounds on Saturday, June 22nd. From 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., the #1 ranked lightweight fighter in the world, Ben “Smooth” Henderson, will be available to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.
“The Performer Pit Row and Ben Henderson are two more reasons to come to an awesome show this year," stated Michael Emoff, United States Air and Trade Show Board of Trustees Chairman. "We have terrific performers in the air and a wonderful variety of ground displays. Once again the Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger will provide great entertainment for families," he added.
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 Michael Goulian to the only flying B-29 Superfortress in the world, "FIFI", to a first ever demonstration of the MiG-17 and the Tuskegee Airmen P-51 “By Request”. 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 www.daytonairshow.com 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.