Officials prepare for Vectren Dayton Air Show ahead of Saturday

Vectren Dayton Air Show. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Vectren Dayton Air Show is already attracting crowds as people watch the pilots practice. But the big crowds will arrive in less than 24 hours when the gates open.

Flight teams have been at the Dayton International Airport all week preparing for this weekend’s air show.

One of the most popular planes will be the U.S. Navy’s F-18 F Super Hornet. That’s the same plane flown by the Blue Angels. It’s the Navy’s newest front line tactical fighter.

The plane’s landing gear has the ability to land on a aircraft carrier at speeds of up to 130 miles per hour. You’ll be able to see this plane in at least two tactical demonstrations this weekend.

U.S. Navy Lt. Nolan Lucas says–for spectacters–it’ll be a sight unlike any other.

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

If you want to catch the super hornet and the dozens of other planes here this weekend, be here when the gates open at 9 a.m. The Air show kicks off at noon. 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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