Crowds flock to airshow though attendance down

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Vectren Dayton Air Show officials said Monday attendance was down from normal but crowds still headed for the air show grounds.

Officials said Monday morning an estimated 51,000 people attended the 42nd annual event. The drop in attendance was attributed to the absence of the Blue Angels.

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“The weather was perfect and people came out by the thousands to enjoy a spectacular show” stated Michael Emoff, Chairman of the United States Air & Trade Show Board of Trustees producers of the event. “Our thanks to the fans, volunteers and sponsors for their continued support of the show.”

Plans for the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show are already underway, which will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on June 24th and 25th. You can stay up to date on the plans and schedule for that show by visiting the airshow website. 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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