Dayton, Ohio – Governor DeWine’s announcement that Ohio’s health restrictions ended on June 2nd has
given the CenterPoint Energy Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger the green light to conduct a “normal”
show in 2021. Show officials jumped at the chance to fully reopen and present a traditional show program
complete with static display aircraft, specialty seating, and a star-studded line-up of top aerobatic performers.
This year’s show will be headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on July 10th and 11th.
2021 marks the 46th anniversary of Dayton’s premier summer event held at Dayton International Airport.
“Hurray! We are back to a normal show,” proclaimed Scott Buchanan, Chairman of the United States Air and
Trade Show Board of Trustees, producers of the event. “We’re so excited to return and give the people of
Dayton an outdoor summer event to enjoy with family and friends. We have an incredible lineup of
performers, comfortable seating, and delicious food and beverages, so come on out and enjoy summer…it’s
been a long time since we have been able to do this,” Buchanan added.
Show officials have spoken to Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County and received Ohio Department
Public Health’s new order permitting the show to return to normal operations. The show will operate as it has
in the past. Static aircraft will be available for public viewing and popular specialty seating areas like the
Pavilion, Blue Sky Chalet, and Photo Pit will be open.
The show values its customers and will be implementing some new initiatives that will make guests feel
comfortable and safe:
* Fresh Air: Everything is outdoors. Nothing like good ole fresh air on a beautiful summer day.
* Space: We have over 100 acres of show grounds. Plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the show.
* Hand Sanitation Stations: Hand sanitation stations throughout the site for guest convenience and safety
* Specialty Seating: All umbrella table seating areas, Pavilion, Blue Sky Chalet, private chalets and
Chairman’s Club spaced a minimum of 6’ apart.
* Cleaning: Tables, restrooms and other surfaces disinfected each day
Show spectators will enjoy a full, four-hour feature flying show in 2021. Joining the world-renowned U.S. Air
Force Thunderbirds will be an all-star lineup including the U.S. Army Golden Knights, the AeroShell
Aerobatic Team, the amazing Shockwave Jet Truck, all-new Lucas Oil Airshows, and Jacquie B
“Ladies, it’s Time to Fly” aerobatics. Additional attractions to the 2021 show will be announced soon.
This year is a special year for the Thunderbirds in Dayton. Flying in Thunderbird # 6 as an opposing solo will be
Dayton native, Major Kyle Oliver. Born at Wright-Patterson AFB Medical Center, Kyle went on to graduate
from Beavercreek High School and Ohio State University. He was inspired to join the U.S. Air Force while
watching the Thunderbirds as a teen visitor to the Dayton Air Show. What a true Dayton, Ohio homecoming!
2021 show tickets are on sale now at the show’s website, www.daytonairshow.com. Customers can enjoy a
print-at-home option on all website purchases. Beginning June 1, 2021, customers can conveniently purchase
discount general admission tickets at area Kroger stores. This Kroger exclusive offers $3.00 off adult and
children’s tickets at over 100 Kroger stores in the Dayton/Cincinnati region. Visit the show’s website for
Any drive-in tickets purchased for the 2021 show will be automatically refunded. Please visit the show’s
website for further information and instructions. Any specialty seating that was purchased for the 2020 show or
2021 show before the change to a drive-in format will be honored at the 2021 show on July 10th and 11th. Visit
the show’s website for more information.