Dayton, Ohio— A pristine example of the legendary North American F-86 Sabre will bring early jet-age history to life at the 2014 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger on June 28th and 29th at Dayton International Airport.

The North American F-86 Sabre was America’s first swept-wing fighter jet and a match for the MiG-15, the Soviet adversary it encountered in the skies over Korea. It was the primary U.S. fighter jet in the Korean War and established a victory ratio of 10 enemy aircraft shot down for every F-86 lost, according to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Paul R. Wood will fly the beautifully restored Sabre for the Warbird Heritage Foundation.

“The F-86 Sabre adds aviation heritage to our lineup of military flying demonstrations, which includes the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, The U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jet and the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Wings of Blue parachute team,” said Michael Emoff, chairman of the United States Air and Trade Show, the not-for-profit organization that produces the air show.

Air Show officials previously announced Sean D. Tucker and Patty Wagstaff, two National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinees, as well as the North American AeroShell Aerobatic Team and the Shockwave jet truck. The one-of-a- kind Wright “B” Flyer, a lookalike of the Wright brothers’ first production airplane, will open the show each day.

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 conveniently be purchased through our show website at Beginning May 19, deep discount general admission tickets will also be on sale at more than 100 Kroger stores in the Dayton-Cincinnati region.


Founded in 1975, the Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger is one of North America’s premier air shows. It features world-class aerobatic champions, military jet demonstrations and entertainment for the whole family, celebrating Dayton’s rich aviation heritage as home of the Wright Brothers, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and National Aviation Heritage Area.

It is produced by the United States Air and Trade Show, Inc., a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit Ohio corporation that relies on sponsorship and community support to offset costs. The Dayton/Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the show adds $3.2 million to the region’s economy every year.

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Contact: Michael Emoff, Chairman, USATS Board of Trustees, 937-221-7820 or

Tim Gaffney, Media Relations Director, VDAS, 937-219-8277 or