DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Executive Director of the Dayton Vectren Air Show told 2 NEWS that he had confirmed with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on Friday that they still plan to perform the weekend of June 22-23 at the Dayton International Airport.
Terry Grevious said even if the Thunderbirds are grounded due to sequestration there are plenty of attractions to draw a crowd, including the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F appearing for the first time in Dayton.
Grevious told 2 NEWS no sponsors have pulled out because of uncertainty generated by federal budget cuts. The Indianapolis Air Show lost a $10,000 sponsor and the show's executive committee canceled the event due to take place the weekend before Dayton's.
The U. S. Navy Blue Angels were scheduled to perform in Indy and are set to be in Dayton in 2014.
Grevious said Dayton organizers will look to expand marketing in Indianapolis and other areas where air shows are off for this year.
For comparison, the Indianapolis Air Show cost about $600,000 to produce last year, Dayton spends more than a million on its show and has many more years of history.
It takes about two hours to drive from Indianapolis and Dayton.
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