This year’s Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger will take off June 22-23 at the Dayton International Airport. (Metro News Service photo)

Team Oracle, U.S. Army Golden Knights to join 2019’s lineup

Vectren Dayton Air Show officials have announced the new Team Oracle with Sean D. Tucker and Johnny De Gennaro will debut at Dayton in 2019. In addition, Dayton has been selected for a U.S. Army Golden Knights demonstration in 2019 and a U.S. Navy Blue Angels performance in 2020.

This year’s Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger will take off June 22-23 at the Dayton International Airport, headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. 2019 marks the 45th year for the popular summer event in the Miami Valley region.

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Fasten your seat belts as the new Team Oracle, led by air show legend Sean D. Tucker flying the Oracle Challenger III, and John De Gennaro, also known as “Johnny D,” in the Oracle Extra 300L, thrill viewers with aerial precision and elegance. Watch as they separately catapult, tumble and hurdle across the sky for a performance unlike any seen before.

Tucker and his Oracle Challenger III have thrilled millions of fans for years. Experience the new Oracle Team starring Tucker and Johnny D. for the first time. Also, witness Tucker flying his Challenger III aircraft for the last time. This infamous Challenger will be heading to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum “Thomas W. Haas We All Fly” gallery in 2021.

Formed in 1959, the Army Golden Knights inspire audiences of all ages with their patriotism and exciting maneuvers. The Golden Knights are the Army’s official demonstration team. Members are drawn from U.S. Army paratroopers who have demonstrated excellence in parachuting skills. They will thrill spectators with their intricate canopy work along with skydiving formations and landings that require extreme precision.

Based in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, the Golden Knights represent the skill and professionalism of U.S. soldiers serving all over the world. The 12-member team will travel to Dayton in their Fokker C-31A Troopship which will also serve as their jump aircraft. The team last appeared in Dayton in 2018.

Air show officials plan to announce other aircraft that will fly and appear on static display during the 2019 feature show in the months ahead. Tickets including the popular Pavilion and Chalet areas are on sale at www.daytonairshow.com.