DAYTON — The Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger recently announced the amazing U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer heavy bomber will be on ground display in 2017. Also, two B-25 Mitchell medium bombers will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the famous Doolittle Tokyo Raid. Lastly, discount tickets are on sale at all area Dayton and Cincinnati Kroger stores.
The 43rd annual show, a premier summer event in the Miami Valley region, will take-off on June 24-25 at the Dayton International Airport. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline this year’s show joined by ten other top flying attractions.
The Boeing B-1B Lancer is one of the U.S. Air Force’s most impressive aircraft. Initially produced to launch nuclear weapons after the Cold War, the B-1B was developed to carry conventional munitions too. The B-1B has been used extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan. The aircraft has a distinctive variable- geometric wing. This together with its four afterburning GE engines, which produce 120,000 pounds of thrust, make it capable of supersonic speeds up to Mach 1.2.
The B-1B will travel to Dayton from the 7th Bomb Wing, 9th Bomb Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas. The 9th Bomb Squadron is the oldest active bomb squadron in the United States Air Force. The aircraft will be on ground display both Saturday and Sunday and available for tours. It hasn’t been at the show since 2011 and promises to be a big hit with spectators.
Vectren Dayton Air Show officials also announced the show will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the famous Doolittle Tokyo Raid at the 2017 show. On April 18th, 1942, 16 B-25’s took off from the aircraft carriers Hornet and Enterprise to bomb targets in Japan. The top-secret mission was a huge morale boost for the U.S. and blow to the Japanese military just four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Never before had medium range bombers been launched from an aircraft carrier. The risky mission involved 80 airmen that ditched their aircraft in China and Russia after the attack. The show commemoration will feature both a flight and ground display of the B-25 “Champaign Gal” and “Axis Nightmare” complete with pyrotechnics; a fitting tribute to the brave men that flew this historic mission.