DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The headline act for the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show was announced Wednesday.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will perform at the annual event to be held in June at the Dayton International Airport.
The Air Show will hold its 43rd consecutive demonstrations June 24 and 25.
Air Show officials say the Thunderbirds will fly their six F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets at speeds up to 700 mph with the planes as close as 18-inches apart. 65 team members will travel to Dayton from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
Three other acts were announced Wednesday as well.
The GEICO Skytypers team will perform a precision flying demonstration and create some unique aerial smoke messages.
Rob Holland Ultimate Air Shows will make its debut appearance in Dayton. Officials say his performance is new and a “game changer” on the air show circuit. The Vectren Dayton Air Show promises his aerobatic routine has never been seen in the Dayton skies.
Redline Airshow Aerobatic Team will return in 2017 as well.
“The Thunderbirds and three top civilian show performances is an awesome start to our 2017 show lineup,” stated Michael Emoff, Chairman of the United States Air & Trade Show Board of Trustees, the governing organization of the show. “We are thrilled that Dayton has the reputation to attract the very best in aviation and we are proud to make these announcements to our 2017 show. Fans are going to love it,” he added.
Air show officials say more attractions will be announced in the coming months. Tickets for the show will go on sale May 15, 2017.