Dayton, Ohio—Tickets to the Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger went on sale in Kroger stores today at deep discount prices as air show officials announced the latest addition to the show—a static display of rare historic aircraft that will bring early aviation out of the history books on June 28 and 29 at Dayton International Airport.

The aircraft include two strikingly different versions of the classic Douglas DC-3—the pristine Clipper Tabitha May, a civilian DC-3 restored as a Pan American Airways airliner, and a military C-47 configured as a Vietnam War-era AC-47 “Spooky” gunship flown by the late Sgt. John L. Levitow—a loadmaster who received the Medal of Honor for overcoming wounds to save his crew during a harrowing combat mission in 1969.

Evoking aviation’s early years will be a replica Curtiss JN-4HM “Jenny” built from original Curtiss blueprints and painted as America’s first mail plane—immortalized by the famous 1919 ”Inverted Jenny” postage stamp.

The rare, World War II-era B-24 bomber Diamond Lil also will be on display, and Dayton’s own 1911 Wright “B” Flyer lookalike will open the show each day. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are the headline act.

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, the F-86 Sabre and the Shockwave jet truck.

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. Starting today, general admission tickets are on sale at more than 100 Kroger stores in the Dayton-Cincinnati region for $3 off the gate price. Tickets are also available online at

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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