Archival image of early airshow act, A Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny".
Credit courtesy of Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA, USA
Earlier this summer, a pilot named Charlie Schwenker and a wing-walker named Jane Wicker were killed at the Vectren Air Show in Dayton, a tragedy in the midst of an event laden with history. Air Shows as public events began more than 100 years ago. WYSO's aviation commentator Dan Patterson loves that colorful history full of spectacle and heroism.