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Sean D. Tucker in his Extra 300 at the 2015 Vectren Dayton Airshow. (Mike Heilman)

 

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The 2015 Vectren Dayton Air Show

By Mike Heilman

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds F-16C Demonstration Team arrives in formation to the 2015 Dayton Air Show. The Thunderbirds last appearance at Dayton was in 2011. (Mike Heilman)In a normal year, The Vectren Dayton Ohio Air Show can expect more than 60,000 spectators across the two-day annual event, but 2015 was not a normal year.  The show’s lineup was set up to produce a record crowd, but the remnants of tropical storm, Bill, played havoc on the attendance. The 41st annual event drew a crowd of 40,000 people. Michael Emoff, Chairman of the U.S. Air & Trade Show Board of Trustees commented, “We are pleased with the number people that attended despite the rain.”

Air show organizers had to make adjustments to the grounds and schedules due to heavy rain that moved into the area on Friday and Saturday. The Saturday show is historically the highest attended day of the two-day event, but the heaviest rain moved in the area that morning.  The show was delayed several hours before the rain and low overcast moved out. Once conditions improved, there was only time for five of the major acts to perform. The weather on Sunday allowed for the full air show to fly as scheduled.

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