Rain does not dampen air show prep

Mike Ullery | Daily Call An air show volunteer stands inside a hanger at the Dayton Airport on Wednesday watching rain fall on the ramp. Persistent rain and low ceilings put a damper on flying as things begin to ramp up for this weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Dayton Air Show favorite and National Aviation Hall of Famer Sean D. Tucker discusses weather conditions as he and members of the media attempt to wait out persistent rain showers at the Dayton Airport on Wednesday. Tucker is one of many exciting acts that will be taking to the skies over Vandalia on Saturday and Sunday for the 2015 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

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VANDALIA — Rainfall and low ceilings (cloud cover) put a damper on Wednesday activity around the Dayton International Airport as far as media rides and aircraft arrivals but, otherwise, the airport grounds were abuzz with activity as tents were delivered and erected and organizers continued to plan for a busy weekend.

Members of several area media outlets gathered in a Stevens Aviation hanger to talk to legendary performer and National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinee Sean D. Tucker who arrived to do interviews and a few media rides.

Interviews went off without a hitch as the ever-entertaining Tucker discussed the weather conditions and spoke with a local reporter who had been scheduled to ride. His demeanor switched back and forth from lighthearted talk about “dancing in the sky” as he refers to his high-energy “frenetic” aerial act, to serious and all-business when the subject of safety and flying in weather was discussed.

This year marks Tucker’s 39th in the air show business with more than 20 years of entertaining visitors at the Dayton Air Show.

In addition to Sean Tucker, the lineup for the 2015 Vectren Dayton Air Show includes, the United States Army parachute demonstration squadron, the Golden Knights and the United States Navy F-18 Hornet. Visiting from France and making their first appearance at in Dayton is the Breitling Jet Team, Europe’s largest civilian jet demonstration team.

Rounding out the air show lineup is the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. This is the 62nd season for USAF’s demonstration team.

For more information on the 2015 Vectren Dayton Air Show, please visit www.daytonairshow.com

Mike Ullery can be reached at (937) 451-3335 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

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