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Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— The fastest woman in motor-sports just landed at the Dayton International Airport.
Aerobatic pilot Vicky Benzing, who made Reno Air Race history in 2015 as the fastest woman ever on the course, will perform at the Vectren Dayton Air Show for the first time this weekend.
“Welcome to my office,” Benzing said, pointing at her glittering purple Extra 300S aircraft. After a more than 12-hour flight from California to Dayton, she leaned against the plane and reflected on prepping for her debut performance in the Gem City.
“It’s the birthplace of aviation,” she said. “It’s going to be a lively performance, and it really shows the airplane well. It certainly won’t be boring.”
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Dayton air show officials told this news organization that they were thrilled to add Benzing to the line-up of performers this year, which includes the F-22 Raptor, Sean D. Tucker and the Blue Angels.
Benzing’s background is anything but boring. She has nearly 8,000 hours of flight time and has completed more than 1,200 parachute jumps. The California native started flying with her uncle when she was in college, and it’s been her passion ever since.
“I was bitten,” she said. “If it’s in your blood, it’s just something you can’t leave alone for the rest of your life.”
After earning a PhD in Chemistry, Benzing spent years working in the tech industry in Silicon Valley. In 2006, she cut her hours down to part time. Then in 2012, she decided to “retire” altogether to focus on air shows and racing.
“I wanted to do it while I was still young,” she said. “It’s physically demanding,” noting she has a regular regimen of weight training and other exercise to stay in top shape.
She’s gearing up for even bigger goals in the next year. She’d like to beat her own time at the Reno Air Show. She also placed second at the Sport Class Gold race, and now she’s hungry for first.
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“None of these guys want to be beaten by a girl,” Benzing said.
When she first started flying, there were hardly any female voices she heard over the radio or other women pilots. Now she’s thrilled to see more women enrolling at the California Aeronautical University, the flight school that sponsors her performances.
“Really, it’s a great time to be alive as a woman,” Benzing said. “I want little girls to see me and know that girls can do anything guys can do. Train hard. Work harder. You can do anything.”
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Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:12 PM
BEAVERCREEK — UPDATE @4:08 p.m.The middle lane is now open in the 3300 block of Pentagon Boulevard after a two-vehicle accident in Beavercreek.
The right lane and left turn lane remain closed at the intersection of Pentagon Boulevard and the entrance to The Mall at Fairfield Commons.
Police on scene were unable to tell us what caused the crash.
A part of Pentagon Boulevard is closed after a vehicle crash in Beavercreek Saturday, according to Beavercreek dispatchers.
Emergency crews were called to the scene in the 3300 block of Pentagon Boulevard around 3: 40 p.m.
Initial reports indicate that at least two vehicles were involved and two people were transported to a hospital.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 1:51 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:02 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 3 p.m.:
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is open after an evacuation earlier that day.
No one from the museum able to comment on the incident was available.
It’s unknown why the evacuation happened at this time.
We are working to learn more about a reported evacuation at the National Museum of the United States Air Force Saturday.
Witnesses are telling us the guests were evacuated around 12:40 p.m.
People were seen waiting outside while several left the museum completely.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:32 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 1:36 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 1:15 P.M.
Officials held a ceremony today for a ribbon-cutting celebrating new services at Good Samaritan Hospital North.
WATCH a replay of our Facebook Live from the event below:
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for new services at Good Samaritan North Health Center, which will become Miami Valley Hospital North on July 23, will be held today at 1:00 p.m.
The ceremony will be at the Health Center located at 9000 N. Main Street, according to a release.
For the first time, this site will offer inpatient beds--a total of 46 private rooms for short-stay inpatient and observation care, including four high-acuity beds. Patients will be able to access advanced, integrated services ranging from non-operative medical treatment to inpatient surgical intervention.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
MIDDLETOWN — Weather is not cooperating this weekend for hot air balloon enthusiasts wanting to take to the skies in Middletown.
The Ohio Challenge competition and glow was cancelled Friday night when strong storms moved through the area. The weather kept pilots from launching again this morning.
The festival portion of the Ohio Challenge is still scheduled for today, and organizers are hopeful current rain will move out before it begins at 4 p.m.
“The pilots are very eager to launch,” said Kathy Stites, event manager. “If the rains stops, then they can glow, that usually happens about dusk. And there will be fireworks rain or shine.
The challenge is scheduled from 4 to 10:30 p.m. today at Smith Park. In addition to the balloons, there is a car show, a band and vendors filling the park.