Air show hoping attendance takes off

Navy Blue Angels. (Photo/Herb Gillen)
Navy Blue Angels. (Photo/Herb Gillen)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — It’s an aerial performance unlike any other.

“We make memories everyday when we fly these blue and yellow jets and we’re going to make more memories this weekend,” says Lt. Commander John Hiltz with the Blue Angels.

But along with making memories, air show officials hope the Blue Angels will help them forget last year’s low attendance.

“It’s always important to have good attendance at the show because it’s the main aviation event we have in the area,” says Timothy Gaffney, Media Relations Director.

Last year attendance dipped to 23,000 with no jet team performing. Compare that to 2010 when the Blue Angles performed and attendance was 79,000.

“If we had year after year of bad attendance it would be a big impact but we’re fortunate that we have strong support from our sponsors,” Gaffney says.

Even with that support, the air show did lose money last year. Although officials say they have enough reserves that another bad year wouldn’t mean the end of the show.

In fact, they believe this is shaping up to be a good year with the Blue Angels in town, a decent forecast and strong ticket pre-sales.

“We’re seeing a lot of community support for the air show. It’s clear this is something the community wants,” Gaffney says. 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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