Everything you need to know for a hassle-free Dayton Air Show

Blue Angels
U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, The Blue Angels perform during the 2010 Air Show at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Saturday, May 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Vectren Dayton Air Show takes to the sky this weekend and thousands of people will make their way to Vandalia to see the acts.

Featured performers this year include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier, the U.S. Air Force Wings of Blue and the U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter to name a few.

So, how do you maneuver the show with the least amount of hassle? WDTN.com and 2 NEWS will help you prepare.

General admission tickets are $17.00 for adults in advance (purchase at area Kroger stores) and $20.00 at the gate. Children from 6 years old to 11 years old and seniors are $12.00 in advance (purchase at area Kroger stores) and $15.00 at the gate. They are good for one day of admission.

Once you have your ticket in hand, it’s time to figure out where to park the car. On-site parking will set you back $10.00. It’ll cost RV drivers $20.00. Those traveling north or south on I-75 to attend the Air Show should use Exit 64, Northwoods Blvd. Those traveling east or west on I-70 to attend the Air Show should use Exit 32, the Airport Access Road. Traffic will be routed off the Access Road east onto National Road. Parking pass holders and general admission traffic will be routed north on Dixie Drive to their designated parking area.

You can also park at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and take an RTA shuttle for $3.00 round trip or pick up the bus at the Wright Stop Plaza in downtown Dayton at the regular fare.

Vandalia police say you can expect delays on National Road and Dixie Drive through the weekend. The air show parade Friday night, June 27 at 7:00 p.m. will shut down National road west to North Dixie Drive and finishes on Northwood Boulevard.  Check out the WDTN.com Traffic Cams before you leave!

There are restrictions to what you can onto show grounds:

  • No Coolers
  • No Loose Ice
  • No Cans or glass
  • No Alcohol
  • No Pets
  • No Weapons
  • No Tents or awnings
  • No Cooking Equipment

The air show gates open at 9:00 a.m. Saturday with acts scheduled from Noon until 4:05 p.m. Gates close at 6:00 p.m. The same timetable is planned for Sunday.

And, don’t forget, the air show goes on rain or shine, so you’ll want to check in with Storm Team 2 throughout the weekend to see what conditions will be. There is very little shade at the site, so keep plenty of sunscreen handy.

Visit the Vectren Dayton Air Show online for more.




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