Blue Angels thunder across the Dayton skies for first time in 4 years

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VANDALIA, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - It's taken four years for six pilots to suit up again in the Miami Valley.

Just after 3:30 Saturday afternoon, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels took off in front of an eager crowd at the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

"Awesome, awesome," said attendee Daniel Callahan. "It's my first time seeing it."

Jackie Hughes hasn't seen a show in nearly a decade.

"Oh my gosh! They're better now then they were then," she said.

Public Safety Director Roger Doctor told Fox 45 he'd been walking through crowds all day.

"It was just a buzz, it was electric!" he said.

The Angels haven't been in Dayton since 2014. They're booked on a two-year schedule, but performances were cancelled in 2016 after a pilot crashed and died during a practice show in Tennessee. It was just before they were scheduled to be at the air show.

"All of a sudden you're looking at four years going, 'Hey, we gotta see these guys again,'" Doctor told Fox 45's Shavon Anderson.

"I just like seeing the planes flying by, doing little tricks and stuff," Isabella Gilbert told crews.

"They always put on a good show," added Joshua Elzey. "They usually kind of surprise you a little bit, sneak up behind you and get your attention."

The air show continues Sunday.

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