Thursday, June 26, 2014

Blue Angels touch down in Dayton for air show

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The U.S. Navy Blue Angels touched down at Dayton International Airport Thursday morning for the Vectren Dayton Air Show. 

On their way to Dayton, the six jets flew over Cincinnati with smoke on at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the Delta formation.

The six jet demonstration team will wow crowds Saturday and Sunday at Dayton International Airport.

Gates open at 9 a.m. with flying acts between noon and 4 p.m.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled at noon on Saturday.

10 things to know about the US Navy Blue Angels

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are the star attraction of the Dayton Vectren Air Show this weekend.

Six Boeing F/A-18 Hornets will perform aerial acrobatics as little as 18 inches apart. The commanding officer or ‘boss’ is Cdr. Thoms Frosch from Clinton Township, Michigan.
You already know how amazing they look in the sky, but did you know:
  • 16 officers volunteer with the Blue Angels
  • The boss must have 3,000 tactical jet flight hours
  • Jet pilots must have 1,250 tactical jet flight hours
  • Demonstration pilots serve a two year stint with the team
  • The Blue Angels accelerate to 170 mph in a Dirty Roll takeoff
  • The team have flown more than 10 different aircraft in the team’s 65 year history
  • The original “Diamond” formation was made up of four aircraft and later expanded to six
  • Lt. Cdr. John Hiltz is making his second homecoming. He is a native of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
  • The ‘Fat Albert’ C-130 is an unsung hero of the fleet. It is the team’s support aircraft.
  • Fat Albert first flew in demonstrations in 1975
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Visit the Blue Angels’ official website for more.

Visit the Dayton Vecten Air Show online.


CINCINNATI -- Pilots with the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will fly over Cincinnati Thursday morning with smoke on!

The Blue Angels will fly the squadron’s six-jet F/A-18 Hornet Delta Formation over the city with smoke on at approximately 9:30 a.m. while in route to the Vectren Dayton Air Show. 

The Vectren Dayton Air Show runs from June 28-29 at the Dayton International Airport. For show information and ticket details, click here

So, how do you maneuver the show with the least amount of hassle? and 2 NEWS will help you prepare.

General admission tickets are $17.00 for adults in advance (purchase at area Kroger stores) and $20.00 at the gate. Children from 6 years old to 11 years old and seniors are $12.00 in advance (purchase at area Kroger stores) and $15.00 at the gate. They are good for one day of admission.

Once you have your ticket in hand, it’s time to figure out where to park the car. On-site parking will set you back $10.00. It’ll cost RV drivers $20.00. Those traveling north or south on I-75 to attend the Air Show should use Exit 64, Northwoods Blvd. Those traveling east or west on I-70 to attend the Air Show should use Exit 32, the Airport Access Road. Traffic will be routed off the Access Road east onto National Road. Parking pass holders and general admission traffic will be routed north on Dixie Drive to their designated parking area.

You can also park at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and take an RTA shuttle for $3.00 round trip or pick up the bus at the Wright Stop Plaza in downtown Dayton at the regular fare.

Vandalia police say you can expect delays on National Road and Dixie Drive through the weekend. The air show parade Friday night, June 27 at 7:00 p.m. will shut down National road west to North Dixie Drive and finishes on Northwood Boulevard.  Check out the Traffic Cams before you leave!

There are restrictions to what you can onto show grounds:

  • No Coolers
  • No Loose Ice
  • No Cans or glass
  • No Alcohol
  • No Pets
  • No Weapons
  • No Tents or awnings
  • No Cooking Equipment
The air show gates open at 9:00 a.m. Saturday with acts scheduled from Noon until 4:05 p.m. Gates close at 6:00 p.m. The same timetable is planned for Sunday.

And, don’t forget, the air show goes on rain or shine, so you’ll want to check in with Storm Team 2 throughout the weekend to see what conditions will be. There is very little shade at the site, so keep plenty of sunscreen handy.

Visit the Vectren Dayton Air Show online for more. 

Blue Angels fly over Cincinnati.

Blue Angels arrive in Dayton for 2014 air show.
 (WDTN Photo/Jordan Burgess)  

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