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Lucky Teen Gets Early Taste of Air Show Excitement
DAYTON -- The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, one of America's premier military jet teams, will arrive in Dayton Thursday morning before flying on June 28-29th in the Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger. The event will be held at the Dayton International Airport and mark's the return of military participation in air shows across the country after last year's hiatus.
Joining the Blue Angels will be the U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier "Jump Jet," the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue parachute team and the U.S. Coast Guard's HH-65 Dolphin search-and-rescue demonstration. Warbird acts include the F-86 Sabre jet Warbird, a P-51D Mustang and a rare F4U-5 Corsair.
"That's all that exciting because last year due to the military sequestration we didn't have any military participation in the air show," said public relations director Tim Gaffney.
Air show legends Sean D. Tucker and Patty Wagstaff will also fly. Wednesday, Tucker will be taking up 15 year old Centerville High student Alberta Dempsey who won a Dayton Airshow show essay contest.
"My essay was about how you have to overcome your fears and your worries to go places to get on with your life and go forward," said Dempsey.
"Her essay humbled me because she captured who I am as a person. What's life all about? And it's about facing fears, facing adversity and pushing boundaries and this girl pushes boundaries," said Tucker.
"It's a way of introducing young people to aviation by giving them flight in an airplane with the pilot and this case it's one of the best pilots in the world," said Gaffney.
Dempsey stayed calm cool and collected, giving us a thumbs up while flying 220 miles per hour.
"I'm so glad I'm up here," said Dempsey.
ABC 22/FOX 45's reporter Wale Aliyu traveled in the plane next to her, but wasn't as cool. "I'm not looking down, I'm not looking down," said Aliyu. "Oh my goodness."
"We are at 1,300 feet," said Tucker. "I wanted to look at this earth through her eyes for the first time she ever flew so I was very gentle."
"You get up there and you completely forget about everything else except for the sky and your surroundings," said Dempsey. "It's like whoa."
"What was so magnificent is that we got to fly within the clouds and see the earth from a mile above," said Tucker. "It is a different perspective and it was gentle and it was soft and it was smooth."
But when Aliyu told Tucker I would be flying with him tomorrow, he responded "We are taking you upside down buddy."
Wednesday's flight was delayed a few hours because of the overcast weather this morning. We wanted to know how officials would handle inclement weather this weekend.
"We learn how to be flexible with the weather," said Gaffney. "Of course the top priority is to make sure we have a safe show so if the clouds are too low, the visibility isn't good enough we will stand down until the weather conditions allow it. We're pretty hopeful the forecast this year looks good."
The gates for the air show open at 9 a.m. this weekend and the flying acts go from noon until 4 p.m.
The North American AeroShell Aerobatic Team will add to the action with its four-ship formation of T-6 warbirds. The Shockwave jet truck will bring a spectacle of smoke, fire and jet-speed drag racing on the airport runway. The one-of-a-kind Wright B Flyer, a flying lookalike of the Wright brothers' first production airplane, will remind spectators that all this airpower had its roots in Wilbur and Orville's bicycle shop in Dayton.
Ticket prices remain unchanged from 2013. The popular Chairman's Club, Pavilion, Family 4 Pack, and Blue Sky Chalet are now on sale, offering a range of seating amenities. Tickets can be purchased through at www.daytonairshow.com. Deep discount general admission tickets are on sale at more than 100 Kroger stores in the Dayton-Cincinnati region.
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