Dayton, Ohio – The Vectren Dayton Air Show announced today the massive U.S. Air Force B-52 heavy bomber will be on ground display at the 2018 show.
The 44th annual show, a premier summer event in the Miami Valley region, will take off on June 23rd and 24th at the Dayton International Airport. The U.S. Blue Angels will headline this year’s show joined by nine other top flying attractions.
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is America’s long-range, strategic bomber. It has been operated by the United States Air Force since the 1950’s making it one of the longest serving aircraft in the Air Force. The bomber is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds of weapons and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles without aerial refueling. A veteran of several wars, the B-52 has dropped only conventional munitions in combat. The B-52’s official name Stratofortress is rarely used; informally, the aircraft has become commonly referred to as BUFF, which stands for “Big, Ugly Fat Fellow”.
The B-52 will travel to Dayton from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. The 2nd BW Operations Group is the oldest bomb group of the Air Force. The B-52 will be on ground display both Saturday and Sunday. It hasn’t been at the show since 2010 and promises to be a big hit with spectators.
“The addition of the B-52 bomber is great news for the 2018 show,” stated Scott Buchanan, Chairman of the USATS Board of Trustees, producers of the event. “The BUFF will be a HUGE hit with spectators and adds to an already impressive show lineup. The show is also pleased to have a partner like Kroger that provides savings on general admission tickets making the show affordable to all,” he added.
The B-52 will join previously announced attractions including the world-renowned U.S. Navy Blue Angels, TORA! TORA! TORA!, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor and U.S. Army Golden Knights. That’s not all, air show legend Sean D. Tucker, Jack Link’s Jet Waco, female aerobatic superstar Vicky Benzing, Cincinnati’s own Redline Airshows Aerobatic Team, Tuskegee P-51 Mustang and B-17 Movie Memphis Belle will perform in 2018 as well. Air show officials plan to announce more attractions over the next few weeks.