An aeriel view of the 1988 Dayton Air Show. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVES
Photo: Dayton Daily News Archive
Photo: Dayton Daily News Archive

3 things you didn't know about Dayton Air Show history

The Dayton Air Fair, as it was called at the time, was held for the first time in 1975, and it will continue with its latest show this weekend. Here are some things you didn't know about the Air Show's history.

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1. Hot air balloons were a featured act to start. In the first year, a hot air balloon rally started each day of the show.

2. A loving bribe produced one of the first big draws. Pat and Bob Wagner of Moraine produced a wing walker act, with Pat doing the walking. It was a major attraction at that first show. How did Bob get his wife to start the wing walking? "He bribed me saying he’d take me out for a steak dinner if I got on,” she said.

3. A straight-up take off caught eyes. A Harrier AV-8A showed off a vertical take-off as one of the biggest crowd-pleasers at the initial show.

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