Fly boys, fly gals and those who simply enjoy milling about and looking at cool stuff will be drawn to the Dayton International Airport this weekend for the Vectren Dayton Air Show.
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We’ve mentioned a few things you don’t want to see.
Below are five things you definitely don’t want to miss.
Movie star - Dusty from the soon-to-be released Disney animated comedy “Planes” will perform and interact with the crowd at the air show.
There will also be an colorful interactive display about the movie featuring stickers, tattoos and coloring sheets.
Ron Kaplan, enshrinement director for the locally-based National Aviation Hall of Fame, said filmmakers visited the Dayton area as part of their research for the movie. Kaplan, who helped filmmakers, has his name in the film’s credits. He recently viewed “Planes” and gave it glowing marks.
“It is going to be huge for Aviation,” Kaplan told us. “I really believe it will spur an interest in aviation that has been lost.”
This year “The Great Wall of Fire” pyrotechnics display will be presented by special effects expert Rich Gibson whose call sign is “Dynamite Boss.” Gibson has set two Guinness World Records for the longest “Wall of Fire.”
Michael Emoff, chair of the United States Air and Trade Show Board of Trustees, said the air show is “going to be like turning on the History Channel and watching a show on aviation history,” he said.
The Air Force Red Tail Squadron’s 51C Mustang “By Request” will fly during the show and be part of the exhibit about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
“FIFI”, the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress from the World War II era, will also take flight.
“It is an amazing plane,” Emoff said.
Emoff said the untethered wing walking from aerobatic pilot Melissa Pemberton’s team should not be missed. He also praised Sean D. Tucker, a 2008 National Aviation Hall of Fame 2008 Inductee. Tucker is returning to the airshow to fly with Team Oracle Extreme.
Wright B Flyer
The Wright B Flyer, a reproduction of the Wright brothers’ first production aircraft and a flying ambassador of Dayton’s aviation heritage for more than 25 years , will kick off the show each day at 11:30 a.m. Acts are scheduled to preform in the following order until 4 p.m. Wright B Flyer; F-86 Sabre; Jane Wicker Wingwalking; Team Fastrax Skydiving; Mike Goulian; F4U Corsair; A-4 Skyhawk; A-4 Skyhawk/F4U Corsair Legacy Flight;Sean Tucker; Disney’s Dusty; Melissa Pemberton; School Time Jet Bus; MiG-17F; Tuskegee P-51; B-29 Depart with Fighter Escort; B-29 FIFI and AeroShell/Great Wall of Fire.