DAYTON — Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger officials announced today the addition of the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs and Navy Band Rhode Island Sound to the 2016 show. These exciting performers will join the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor and TORA TORA TORA announced earlier. The 42nd annual show, a Dayton summer tradition, will be held on June 18-19 at the Dayton International Airport.
Last appearing at Dayton in 2004, the Leap Frogs are the parachute demonstration team of the U.S. Navy. It consists of active-duty personnel drawn from Naval Special Warfare (NSW), including Navy SEALS and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC). Known for their aggressive style of jumping, the Leap Frogs will thrill spectators with their precision aerial maneuvers including free fall speeds up to 180 miles per hour. After performances the Leap Frogs will sign autographs and answer questions about what it’s like to be a Navy SEAL or SWCC.
The Navy Band Northeast Rhode Island Sound will perform each day of the show prior to and after feature flying. The band performs a wide variety of musical styles including traditional band literature, popular standards and patriotic favorites. The band is popular with audiences of all ages. The Navy Band Northeast performs at over 300 engagements annually personifying the quality and professionalism of today’s Navy and instilling pride and patriotism during each and every performance. The eight person ensemble is from Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island.
The Department of Defense has also announced Dayton will host Navy Week June 13-19, 2016. Navy Week – Dayton will coincide with the Dayton Air Show and will focus a variety of events, equipment and personnel for a week-long series of engagements with the public and organizations representing all sectors of the community. During a typical Navy Week, a number of outreach events will be coordinated with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service and diversity organizations in the city.
In addition to the Blue Angels, Leap Frogs and Navy Band Northeast, the Navy will bring in as many other activities as possible to Dayton. Divers, Seabees, EOD teams, crews of ships and submarines, hometown Sailors, medical personnel, environmental displays, USS Constitution Sailors and equipment, and Navy recruiting assets are all possible participants in a Navy Week program.
“The addition of the Leap Frogs, Navy Band Northeast and Navy Week are more examples of the incredible show we have in 2016” stated Michael Emoff, Chairman of the USATS Board of Trustees. “Dayton is proud to host an impressive lineup of naval assets. Truly an event that the entire family will enjoy.” Emoff added.
2016 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger tickets are now on sale at the show’s website, www.daytonairshow.com. For the first time this year, customers will enjoy new print-at-home or print-to- mobile options available for website purchases.
Beginning May 9, customers can conveniently purchase discount general admission tickets at area Kroger stores. This Kroger exclusive offers $3.00 off adult and children tickets at over 100 Kroger stores in the Dayton-Cincinnati region. Kroger discount tickets are good for either Saturday or Sunday admission. Visit the show’s website for further information.