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Thunderbirds pilot hurt in crash not listed at area hospital
 An Air Force Thunderbird pilot hospitalized after he was freed from an overturned, two-seat F-16D fighter June 23 at Dayton International Airport was not listed as a patient at Miami Valley Hospital today, a spokeswoman said. Capt. Erik Gonsalves, the team’s narrator and advance pilot, suffered lacerations and leg injuries after the...

Posted: 17 days ago

An Air Force Thunderbird pilot hospitalized after he was freed from an overturned, two-seat F-16D fighter June 23 at Dayton International Airport was not listed as a patient at Miami Valley Hospital today, a spokeswoman said. Capt. Erik Gonsalves, the team’s narrator and advance pilot, suffered lacerations and leg injuries after the...
Aerospace firms compete for Air Force contracts at air show
 Two defense aerospace giants showcased front-line products at the recent Vectren Dayton Air Show, and one senior defense expert says the showcase of the Lockheed Martin T-50 jet trainer and the Boeing MH-139 helicopter had a purpose beyond spectators seeing the aircraft up close. Both firms are expected to compete for separate, billion-dollar...

Posted: 20 days ago

Two defense aerospace giants showcased front-line products at the recent Vectren Dayton Air Show, and one senior defense expert says the showcase of the Lockheed Martin T-50 jet trainer and the Boeing MH-139 helicopter had a purpose beyond spectators seeing the aircraft up close. Both firms are expected to compete for separate, billion-dollar...
Top AF leader: Wright-Patt looking for cause of F-35 problems
 Air Force Research Laboratory experts at Wright-Patterson will investigate the cause behind pilot reports of oxygen deprivation in the F-35 Lightning II, according to Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. The reports recently led the Air Force to temporarily ground the stealth jet at an Arizona military base Wilson was among an entourage...

Posted: 22 days ago

Air Force Research Laboratory experts at Wright-Patterson will investigate the cause behind pilot reports of oxygen deprivation in the F-35 Lightning II, according to Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. The reports recently led the Air Force to temporarily ground the stealth jet at an Arizona military base Wilson was among an entourage...
Former Air Force pilot to receive Silver Star for Iraq combat mission
 Air Force Capt. Gregory “Billy Bob” Thornton was flying over Iraq catching up on old times with a fellow A-10 jet pilot on the ground serving with a U.S. Army unit in Baghdad when the conversation abruptly changed. “He comes back on the radio and he says, ‘We’re taking direct enemy fire. We need you in here now...

Posted: 23 days ago

Air Force Capt. Gregory “Billy Bob” Thornton was flying over Iraq catching up on old times with a fellow A-10 jet pilot on the ground serving with a U.S. Army unit in Baghdad when the conversation abruptly changed. “He comes back on the radio and he says, ‘We’re taking direct enemy fire. We need you in here now...
Dayton hospital helps fill physician shortage in Air Force
 The Air Force surgeon general on Thursday toured Good Samaritan Hospital, a medical center training family practice physicians to help fill a shortage of doctors in the Air Force, officials say. The medical training program at Good Samaritan will act as a model for other Air Force family medical residency training programs across the region...

Posted: 23 days ago

The Air Force surgeon general on Thursday toured Good Samaritan Hospital, a medical center training family practice physicians to help fill a shortage of doctors in the Air Force, officials say. The medical training program at Good Samaritan will act as a model for other Air Force family medical residency training programs across the region...
Thunderbirds jet involved in crash moved to WPAFB
 A heavily damaged Air Force Thunderbirds jet on Thursday was hauled on a flatbed-trailer from Dayton International Airport to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The two-seat F-16D Fighting Falcon will remain at the Miami Valley base until Air Force investigators examine the wreckage during an accident investigation of the June 23 mishap at...

Posted: 23 days ago

A heavily damaged Air Force Thunderbirds jet on Thursday was hauled on a flatbed-trailer from Dayton International Airport to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The two-seat F-16D Fighting Falcon will remain at the Miami Valley base until Air Force investigators examine the wreckage during an accident investigation of the June 23 mishap at...
Wright Patt lands $500K in state funding to protect base
 State lawmakers have set aside $500,000 to boost infrastructure at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a bulwark to protect the base in a future round of military base closures. A conference committee put the money in the two-year state budget after lawmakers stripped out $2 million state Rep. Rick Perales had advocated for inclusion as they...

Posted: 24 days ago

State lawmakers have set aside $500,000 to boost infrastructure at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a bulwark to protect the base in a future round of military base closures. A conference committee put the money in the two-year state budget after lawmakers stripped out $2 million state Rep. Rick Perales had advocated for inclusion as they...
Thunderbirds pilot injured in jet mishap still in hospital, ‘improving’
 The leader of the Air Force Thunderbirds said a team pilot injured in a jet landing mishap at Dayton International Airport remains hospitalized but was “improving well.” The mishap caused the team to cancel two scheduled weekend performances at the Vectren Dayton Air Show this past weekend. In a video posted late Tuesday on the...

Posted: 24 days ago

The leader of the Air Force Thunderbirds said a team pilot injured in a jet landing mishap at Dayton International Airport remains hospitalized but was “improving well.” The mishap caused the team to cancel two scheduled weekend performances at the Vectren Dayton Air Show this past weekend. In a video posted late Tuesday on the...
Dayton firm lands $20M sand bag contract
 A Dayton company has landed a $20 million federal contract to supply acrylic sand bags to the military. Dayton Bag & Burlap Co. was awarded the Defense Logistics Agency contract to produce bags for the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy units in New Jersey and Ohio, a report shows. In 2014, the company was awarded a $74 million contract...

Posted: 25 days ago

A Dayton company has landed a $20 million federal contract to supply acrylic sand bags to the military. Dayton Bag & Burlap Co. was awarded the Defense Logistics Agency contract to produce bags for the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy units in New Jersey and Ohio, a report shows. In 2014, the company was awarded a $74 million contract...
Future of historic brick homes at Wright-Patt under review
 The future of historic brick homes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will be under review at public hearings this week at Fairborn High School. The Air Force is exploring 11 options for the 89 Tudor Revival-style homes in the Brick Quarters Historic District, from partial to total demolition, and from renovation to privatization, to building...

Posted: 26 days ago

The future of historic brick homes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will be under review at public hearings this week at Fairborn High School. The Air Force is exploring 11 options for the 89 Tudor Revival-style homes in the Brick Quarters Historic District, from partial to total demolition, and from renovation to privatization, to building...
Thunderbird pilot remains hospitalized; mishap investigation continues
 An Air Force Thunderbird pilot remained hospitalized Monday after the two-seat F-16D jet he was flying went off a runway on landing and flipped over in a grassy area at Dayton International Airport on Friday, authorities said. Capt. Erik Gonsalves was reportedly in good condition at Miami Valley Hospital where he was transported after he...

Posted: 26 days ago

An Air Force Thunderbird pilot remained hospitalized Monday after the two-seat F-16D jet he was flying went off a runway on landing and flipped over in a grassy area at Dayton International Airport on Friday, authorities said. Capt. Erik Gonsalves was reportedly in good condition at Miami Valley Hospital where he was transported after he...
Dayton Air Show sees drop in attendance
 Organizers blamed low attendance at this year’s Vectren Dayton Air Show on the cancellation of the Air Force Thunderbirds as the headline act due to a crash and record rainfall Friday that caused parking delays. An estimated 44,000 people attended the air show, down 30 percent from expectations, organizers reported. Last year, the show...

Posted: 27 days ago

Organizers blamed low attendance at this year’s Vectren Dayton Air Show on the cancellation of the Air Force Thunderbirds as the headline act due to a crash and record rainfall Friday that caused parking delays. An estimated 44,000 people attended the air show, down 30 percent from expectations, organizers reported. Last year, the show...
Misty Blues ready to ‘do something crazy’ at Dayton Air Show
 Bambi Knight jumps out of planes to get over her fear of heights. The Park City, Utah resident is a member of the Misty Blues all-women sky diving demonstration team set to perform this weekend at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. “I have a fear of heights so I went out to conquer my fear,” she said in an interview at Dayton International...

Posted: 28 days ago

Bambi Knight jumps out of planes to get over her fear of heights. The Park City, Utah resident is a member of the Misty Blues all-women sky diving demonstration team set to perform this weekend at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. “I have a fear of heights so I went out to conquer my fear,” she said in an interview at Dayton International...
Dayton Air Show: Saturday’s show brings parking delays
 Motorists who were trying to find parking at the Vectren Dayton Air Show were experiencing delays Saturday, but an air show spokesman did not have an estimate on how long the delay was to park.   The air show instituted an alternative parking plan this weekend to paved lots because record rainfall soaked grassy fields normally used to...

Posted: 28 days ago

Motorists who were trying to find parking at the Vectren Dayton Air Show were experiencing delays Saturday, but an air show spokesman did not have an estimate on how long the delay was to park.   The air show instituted an alternative parking plan this weekend to paved lots because record rainfall soaked grassy fields normally used to...
Female naval aviator was inspired to fly at Dayton Air Show
 Eight years ago, Christina Bailo visited the Vectren Dayton Air Show and decided she wanted to be a pilot. She returned to the air show Saturday, a 27-year-old Navy lieutenant flying an EA-18 Growler anti-electronic warfare twin-engine fighter jet. “This is a pretty cool airplane,” the South Lyon, Mich., native said smiling broadly...

Posted: 28 days ago

Eight years ago, Christina Bailo visited the Vectren Dayton Air Show and decided she wanted to be a pilot. She returned to the air show Saturday, a 27-year-old Navy lieutenant flying an EA-18 Growler anti-electronic warfare twin-engine fighter jet. “This is a pretty cool airplane,” the South Lyon, Mich., native said smiling broadly...
Thunderbird pilot remains hospitalized 4 days after jet crash
 Hospital officials said Thunderbirds Capt. Erik Gonsalves remains at Miami Valley Hospital Tuesday afternoon. Thunderbirds Capt. Erik Gonsalves continues to receive treatment at Miami Valley Hospital this morning. Gonsalves suffered leg injuries when the F-16 jet he was flying in went off a runway on landing and flipped over. The military...

Posted: 28 days ago

Hospital officials said Thunderbirds Capt. Erik Gonsalves remains at Miami Valley Hospital Tuesday afternoon. Thunderbirds Capt. Erik Gonsalves continues to receive treatment at Miami Valley Hospital this morning. Gonsalves suffered leg injuries when the F-16 jet he was flying in went off a runway on landing and flipped over. The military...
WATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Saturday at the Vectren Dayton Air Show
 The flying acts for the 2017 Dayton Vectren Air Show have wrapped up for Saturday. Gates for Saturday’s show will close at 6 p.m. Below you can watch video highlights from Saturday’s show. Gates will reopen on Sunday at 9 a.m.  Saturday’s line-up included flights from the following acts and others: Suzuki Extra...

Posted: 28 days ago

The flying acts for the 2017 Dayton Vectren Air Show have wrapped up for Saturday. Gates for Saturday’s show will close at 6 p.m. Below you can watch video highlights from Saturday’s show. Gates will reopen on Sunday at 9 a.m. Saturday’s line-up included flights from the following acts and others: Suzuki Extra...
Dayton Air Show today: Here’s what we know
 The Vectren Dayton Air Show is set to take off today with one a full line-up minus the headline act of the Air Force Thunderbirds. A two-seat F-16D Thunderbird fighter jet went off the runway Friday at Dayton International Airport and flipped onto a grassy area, trapping a pilot and a crew member inside until first responders could remove...

Posted: 28 days ago

The Vectren Dayton Air Show is set to take off today with one a full line-up minus the headline act of the Air Force Thunderbirds. A two-seat F-16D Thunderbird fighter jet went off the runway Friday at Dayton International Airport and flipped onto a grassy area, trapping a pilot and a crew member inside until first responders could remove...
Dayton Air Show crash: latest updates
 The Vectren Dayton Air Show will launch today without the Air Force Thunderbirds after one of the team’s F-16 jets apparently skidded off a runway and landed on its top Friday, trapping two people inside. The cause of the accident is under investigation, according to Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Heard, who said the pilot and a Thunderbird...

Posted: 29 days ago

The Vectren Dayton Air Show will launch today without the Air Force Thunderbirds after one of the team’s F-16 jets apparently skidded off a runway and landed on its top Friday, trapping two people inside. The cause of the accident is under investigation, according to Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Heard, who said the pilot and a Thunderbird...
Thunderbirds will not perform Sunday at Vectren Dayton Air Show
 While the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will not fly Sunday at the Vectren Dayton Air Show presented by Kroger, the 2017 show will take off with 10 other features, air show organizers said. The top attractions include a U.S. Air Force F-35 Heritage Flight and U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet demonstration along with Sean Tucker, Misty Blues All...

Posted: 29 days ago

While the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will not fly Sunday at the Vectren Dayton Air Show presented by Kroger, the 2017 show will take off with 10 other features, air show organizers said. The top attractions include a U.S. Air Force F-35 Heritage Flight and U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet demonstration along with Sean Tucker, Misty Blues All...
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