Air Show Parade rolls through downtown Vandalia

Festivities for the Vectren Dayton Air Show kicked off Friday night with the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Dayton Air Show Parade. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus).

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Festivities for the Vectren Dayton Air Show kicked off Friday night with the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Dayton Air Show Parade.

Vandalia mayor Arlene Setzer said the parade has been happening for 40 years and is something everyone in town looks forward to each year.

“We have had all different kinds of experiences,” Setzer said. “Sometimes it’s been raining, sometimes it’s been cold, but tonight is going to be one of the best nights that we’ve ever had. The weather is great. The crowds are here.”

The Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce sponsors the parade.

The Vectren Dayton Air Show is June 18 and 19 at Dayton International Airport. Doors open at 9 a.m. both days, but the show begins at noon. It wraps up at 6 p.m. Twenty military aircraft and 40 civilian aircraft will be on display, and 13 flying attractions will take to the skies. Organizers expect 60,000 people at this weekend’s event. You can buy tickets at the door.

Flight teams have been at the airport all week preparing for the air show. One of the most popular planes is the U.S. Navy’s F-18 F Super Hornet. That’s the same plane flown by the Blue Angels. Attendees can see it in at least two tactical demonstrations this weekend.

“We’re happy to show off the Super Hornet to an area that doesn’t generally get to see the Navy, so we’re happy to be here to do that,” Lt. Nolan Lucas said. “We’re really looking forward to the weekend, and we’re really looking forward to everyone who’s coming out.”

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