Thursday, May 19, 2011

NASA sending Super Guppy to Dayton

Dayton, Ohio – The Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger will have a distinctive static display at this year’s show, the NASA Super Guppy. The Super Guppy is rarely seen by the public and has been in Dayton only once in the show’s 37-year history, the centennial event in 2003. The 2011 show, Dayton’s premier summer event, takes place on July 23rd and 24th at the Dayton International Airport.

The Super Guppy is manufactured by Airbus Industries and utilized by NASA to transport space components. It was originally built from the fuselage of a Boeing C-97 Stratocruiser. The Super Guppy jumbo cargo compartment is 25 feet tall, 25 feet wide and 111 feet long. It can carry a maximum payload of more than 26 tons. Probably its most unique feature is a hinged nose that can open more than 200 degrees allowing large pieces of cargo to be loaded.

The Supper Guppy’s unique shape and odd appearance make it a crowd favorite. That along with the fact that the Super Guppy appearing in Dayton is the only one flying in the world today makes it an extraordinary display for the show.

“The NASA Super Guppy coming to Dayton is awesome,” said Michael Emoff, Chairman of the United States Air & Trade Show Board of Trustees, producers of the show. “We’re proud to bring world-class aircraft to Dayton and the Supper Guppy is certainly one of them,” Emoff added.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will have top billing at the Vectren Dayton Air Show along with first time appearances by the Red Bull Helicopter flown by Chuck Aaron along with an industry first, an all-women wing walking routine called Tombstone Riders. Rounding out the line-up will be crowd favorite, Tora Tora Tora, an eight-plane emotional reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor complete with pyrotechnics; the all-American US Army Golden Knight Parachute Team; air show legendary pilot Sean D. Tucker; School Time the jet-powered school bus and single-ship military jet fighter demonstrations.

A variety of ticket packages are on sale through the show’s web site, Popular areas such as the Blue Sky Chalet and LaRosa’s Pavilion are sure to be sell outs. Families will also enjoy the superb value of the PNC Family 4-Pack. Visit the show’s website for further information.

Beginning June 6th, 2011, Kroger will be exclusively offering $3.00 off adult and children tickets.
This offer will be conveniently available at over 100 Kroger stores in the Dayton-Cincinnati region. Kroger discount tickets are good for either Saturday or Sunday admission.

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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