DAYTON, Ohio — Skydiving cadets and instructors from the U.S. Air Force Academy will help open the Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger on June 28-29 at Dayton International Airport.
The academy’s Wings of Blue, the U.S. Air Force Skydiving Team, will descend with the U.S. flag during the singing of the national anthem in the opening ceremonies. The team will also perform a high-energy, precision parachuting demonstration each day, joining the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and a U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier “Jump Jet” as featured military performers in the 40th consecutive annual air show at Dayton International.
Wings of Blue’s cadet and staff members perform around the world, making roughly 19,000 jumps per year for instruction and training. They demonstrate high-speed maneuvers in freefall as well as precision canopy flight at every home Air Force football game, airshows across the country and other high profile venues.
Performing with the team will be Cadet Cameron Potts, a 2011 graduate from Dayton’s Carroll High School. “We’re especially pleased that one current team member is a hometown cadet,” said Michael Emoff, chairman of the United States Air and Trade Show Inc., the air show’s nonprofit producer. Cameron said he was inspired to serve in part by his grandfathers and visits to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the airshow.
In addition to the military acts, 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 at www.daytonairshow.com. Beginning May 19, discount general admission tickets will also be on sale at more than 100 Kroger stores in the Dayton-Cincinnati region.