Harrier jet to fly at Vectren Dayton Air Show

DAYTON, OHIO — A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier will show off its gravity-defying vertical flight capability at the 2014 Vectren Dayton Air Show June 28-29 at Dayton International Airport.

Its ability to operate from austere bases and employ a variety of weapons makes the Harrier a vital weapon for engaging surface and air targets, escorting helicopters and conducting deep air support. In Dayton, the Harrier will show why it’s nicknamed the “Jump Jet” as it blasts its jet exhaust straight down for a vertical landing.

“Given the reduced military performance in airshows this year, we are thrilled to present the Marine Corps’ Harrier flight demonstration in addition to the U.S. Navy Blue Angels,” said Michael Emoff, chairman of the United States Air and Trade Show Inc., the nonprofit producer of the annual show. “The selection process was extremely competitive. Our event was chosen as one of only eight sites to receive a Harrier demonstration.”

In addition to the Blue Angels, the air show will feature Sean D. Tucker and Patty Wagstaff, two National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinees, as well as the North American AeroShell Aerobatic Team and the Shockwave jet truck.

Ticket prices remain unchanged from 2013. Tickets can be purchased online at www.daytonairshow.com. Beginning May 19, deep discount general admission tickets will also be on sale at more than 100 Kroger stores in the Dayton-Cincinnati region.

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