Blue Angels cancel Dayton appearance in wake of accident that claimed killed pilot

Staff report

DAYTON – The Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger will continue as planned on June 18th and 19th despite the announcement by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels today they will not be appearing due to an accident by one of their jets last week. The Blues were one of 12 flying attractions scheduled to appear at the 42nd annual show.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of Marine Captain Jeff Kuss, Blue Angel # 6 in Tennessee last week,” stated Michael Emoff, United States Air and Trade Show Board of Trustees Chairman. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Captain Kuss’s family and the Blue Angel team members,” he added.

The 2016 show will continue with a spectacular lineup of some of the nation’s top attractions including the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs and TORA! TORA! TORA!, a dramatic recreation of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Also appearing will be Hall of Famers Sean Tucker and Patty Wagstaff. In addition, Melissa Pemberton, the P-51 Mustang “Baby Duck”, the Wright B Flyer, a U.S. Coast Guard SAR Demonstration, P40 Warhawk and U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight will appear both Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s show will also see the return of military aircraft static displays popular with spectators. Over 24 military aircraft will be on display this year up from two in 2015. Leading the static lineup is our nation’s newest jet fighter the U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II.

The show plans to add one attraction and tribute to Captain Jeff Kuss to the feature flying show both days. Details will be announced once plans are finalized. by Daniel Wacker

Staff report