Economy to soar with air show acts taking flight

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The Vectren Dayton Air Show is considered one of the top shows in the country, if not the world.

In 2014 it drew an audience of approximately 65,000 people. This year, organizers are hoping for even more visitors as two jet teams take to the skies.

Along with the high-flying headliners comes a big economic boost, with an estimated three million dollars pumped into our local economy.

“This is everything from people who are visiting and staying in our hotels, spending money at our retail establishments, dining in our restaurants, purchasing fuel, perhaps renting a car, some of the folks may be flying in, and of course all of the people that are purchasing a ticket to go to the air show,” said Jacquelyn Powell, President and CEO of the Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau.

While all eyes will be on the skies, organizers are also hoping visitors will set their sights on the other attractions Dayton has to offer.

“We urge them to visit the national park, the Dayton Aviation National Historical Park. We urge them to visit the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Of course Carillon Park and Dayton History with the 1905 Wright Flyer is a wonderful opportunity to see where aviation began right here in our community,” said Powell.

As the performers soar into town, organizers say they’re ready to welcome visitors to the home of the Wright Brothers for an aerial performance unlike any other.

“What a great opportunity for us to show the world what we have to offer here,” said Powell.

The Vectren Dayton Air Show takes place June 20 and 21. Click here for more information. 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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