DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - They won't be streaming through the skies like this for more than eight months, but the Blue Angels have already left one fan amazed.
"It's a surprise," says Dayton Vectren Air Show Chairman Michael Emoff. "We had ourselves convinced there wasn't going to be a jet team this year."
Emoff says the Blue Angels will fly a limited schedule next year which includes Dayton.
The military's jet teams were grounded this year because of sequestration.
"This is one of the top recruiting tools for the Navy and Air Force and having this go away is creating a void 14 years from now we don't even know how bad of an effect it has," Emoff says.
But you can measure the effect it had on this year's show, which saw attendance drop to 23,000.
Compare that to 2010 when the Blue Angels visited and the show had 79,000 people.
Emoff says the Air Show lost $100,000, which was better than the $200,000 first projected.
"We could probably produce two more shows without getting into the danger zone without a jet team but it's not a good place to be," Emoff says. "You never know when you'll need those reserves."
2 NEWS asked Emoff if he thinks the Blue Angels will be enough to bring attendance back up.
"I think people will flock back because a year without a jet team to people in Dayton they need it again," Emoff says.
Emoff also thinks the crash that killed wing walker Jane Wicker and her pilot Charles Schwenker kept some people away this year, but he believes it won't have an impact on next year's show because while tragic no spectators were injured.
"Our shows have always been safe and because of that people come back," Emoff says.
Still Emoff says the show decided not to add another wing walker next year.
"That was a decision we made based on the fact of what people may remember from last year," Emoff says.
The air show is scheduled for June 28 and 29.
The sequester also kept Wright-Patterson Air Force Base planes and personnel from participating in this past air show.
Emoff says it's too early to tell if they'll be allowed at next year's show but he's hopeful they will be.
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