Navy adds fighter jet to Dayton Air Show lineup


VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – A military jet with several ties to the Miami Valley and Ohio will fly at this summer’s Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The Navy’s premier strike fighter, the F/A-18 Super Hornet will perform a full tactical demonstration of its fighter capabilities at the event in June. The jet has been used by the U.S. in combat missions in Libya, the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The jet has multiple ties to the area. A 2005 Loveland High School graduate, Lt. Jacob “Bacon” Riggs will fly the jet. Lt. Shaun “Buzz” Roessner will also participate. He flew commercially with PSA Airlines before becoming a naval officer. GE Aviation in Vandalia manufactures the power generators for the F/A-18 Super Hornet.

The 43rd anniversary of the Vectren Dayton Air Show will be June 24 and 25 at Dayton International Airport. 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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