Memories of the air show tragedy still fresh 1 year later

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The 2014 Vectren Dayton Air Show is just a few days away but for those in the crowd last year, the memories are still fresh.

Next Saturday, the gates will be filled with fans for the 2014 Vectren Dayton Air Show. But it’s hard to forget a year ago today the crash that killed two people.

Chad Kingsolver is an air show fan who’s been coming to the show for more than a decade to see some of his favorite acts and trying to get as close to the action as possible.

Kingsolver was front and center when tragedy struck in 2013.

“It was kind of like out of a movie. It just didn’t seem real even though it happened in front of you. Like did this just happen?” reminisced Kingsolver.

Wing-walker Jane Wicker and her pilot Charlie Schwenker were killed in 2013 when their plane crashed in front of the crowd. Kingsolver was standing just a few hundred feet away.

“I knew right away that there was no way she survived. Just the fact that her side was the first side that crashed,” said Kingsolver.

Kingsolver, as always, was taking pictures of what was unfolding. A year later, he says he refuses to get them developed. It’s a tragic event he doesn’t expect to happen as he gets ready for another year at the air show.

“They put everything into perspective of the safety of their customer, that is the citizens. It’s just things happen,” said Kingsolver. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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