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Published: Monday, October 15, 2018 @ 9:22 AM
By: Thomas Gnau - Staff Writer
— The next Vectren Dayton Air Show isn’t until next summer, but attractions are lining up now.
The show Monday announced five attractions to the 2019 show. The British Sea Harrier, Shockwave Jet Truck, GEICO Skytypers, Skip Stewart and Jacquie B.
These performers will join the US Air Force Thunderbirds jet demonstration team announced earlier. The 45th annual show will be June 22 and 23 at the Dayton International Airport.
Operated for many years by Britain’s Royal Navy, the Sea Harrier is similar to the Harrier “Jump Jet” flown by the U.S. Marine Corps. Capable of vertical takeoffs and landings, the Sea Harrier lifts off like a helicopter, hovers in mid-air and then flies at nearly the speed of sound, the show said in an announcement.
Returning to the show is the Shockwave Jet Truck. Powered by three afterburning Pratt & Whitney J34 jet engines producing 36,000 horsepower, Shockwave is the Guinness Book world record holder for the fastest jet truck in the world at 376 MPH.
The GEICO Skytypers Team will return to Dayton to perform their precision flying demonstration and create aerial smoke messages for spectators and the community. The team’s last performance in Dayton was in 2017.
Last appearing in Dayton in 2013, aerobatic pilot Skip Stewart will also fly his highly-modified Pitts S-2S, named “Prometheus.”
Stewart is the recipient of the International Air Shows Sword of Excellence, the show noted.
Jacquie B’s (Jacquie Ward) began aerobatic flying at the age of 50.
“She has become an accomplished aerobatic pilot with over 3,200 flight hours and more than 1,100 coast-to-coast air show performances,” the show said in its announcement.
“We are pleased to add these incredible performers to our 2019 lineup,” show Chairman Scott Buchanan said in Monday’s release. “What a great variety of aircraft and aviation talent for our fans to witness first hand. This will be a show you don’t want to miss.”