Dayton Air Show: The Blue Angels bring speed and class to Day 1

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(UPDATE) July 30 @6:30 p.m.: Several people were on hand with their cameras taking pictures and videos on the first day of the CenterPoint Energy Dayton Air Show.

Some people who came out told News Center 7′s Brandon Lewis the weather was great Saturday and being at the air show is a family tradition.

“It’s a show we come to many times,” said Kathy Quigley of New Knoxville. “We’ve been to shows in other places. We’ve been to Columbus and Colorado Springs, Colorado.”

One of the event organizers told Lewis that they are pleased with the turnout so far.

The second and final day of the CenterPoint Energy Dayton Air Show continues Sunday with the gates opening at 9 a.m.

July 30 @4:40 p.m.: The first day of the CenterPoint Energy Dayton Air Show has come to an end.

Organizers said they saw tens of thousands of people attend the first day of the air show with more expected on Sunday.

The Army Golden Knights kicked off the show, while the Navy Blue Angels were the featured headliners and ended with a spectacular performance.

More than 60 pilots flew in from Florida for the air show and those pilots demonstrated the high-flying skills in the new Hornet Fighter Jets.

The speed of these jets is almost twice the speed of sound, making them capable of flying at Mach 2.

When the Blue Angels were flying today, they were as close as 18 inches apart.

The show featured hundreds of planes for people to walk through and explore.

There were multiple helicopters, fighter jets, and cargo planes to see. This includes the U.S. Air Forces AC- 130J Ghostrider which dates back to the Vietnam war and was used to destroy more than 10,000 trucks and saved many lives with air support.

Staff Sgt. Ben Hall with the Golden Knights spoke with us about his act.

“We’re all excited to be here. We’re all pumped, especially me. It’s my first time in Ohio, been really looking forward to this,” Hall said.

Hall told us their jumps are from around 12,500 feet, clouds permitting.