Dayton Air Show officials: 40,000 attend 2021 show, planning underway for next year

Miami Valley News

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Air Show officials held a press conference Monday, one day after the conclusion of the 2021 show.

The show returned on Saturday after it was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An estimated 40,000 people attended the 2021 show, said Scott Buchanan, Chairman of the United States Air & Trade Show Board of Trustees. He said attendance was down due to dismal forecasts and rain, but people still enjoyed the show.

“I didn’t hear anything negative. Even with the rain, folks seemed to be having a good time,” said Buchanan.

Plans are already underway for the 2022 show which will feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels on July 30 and

“We are pleased with the outcome of this year’s show overall,” stated Buchanan. “The lineup was fantastic and we came back strong, but the weather simply hampered turnout especially on Sunday. We’re very thankful to our loyal fans, sponsors and volunteers who help make the show a success each year.”

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