Things heat up at the Vectren Dayton Air Show!
By Peter Wine
It was a record setting weekend at the Vectren Dayton Air Show presented by Kroger. But it may not be the record you're thinking of.
While the 2003 version of the world's largest air show may set attendance records, it was the team of Rich's Incredible Pyro that entered the Guinness World Records for the Longest Wall of Fire.
Before the air show began, the record was 2,500 feet, set in 2000 at Miramar Naval Air Station in California. Rich's team broke that record each day of the show, with a 2,600 wall on Thursday; 2,900 feet on Friday; 3,000 feet on Saturday and ended with the new record of 3,200 feet on Sunday, July 20, 2003.
The record setting blast put out enough heat to warm the faces of all those along the flight line and the resulting cloud created some temporary shade for those watching.
The wall of fire marked the end of a historic recreation of military plane battles, with simulated bombing and strafing runs already darkening the skies to add to the drama of the final, record breaking blast.
Stewart Claxton was present to authenticate the successful record breaking attempt. It's this authentication that separated this blast from others that have claimed to be longer.
The entire team was on the stage to hold up the sign to tell the world the record had been broken. They came from all over the country to get together and work through the nights in order to get ready for each day's show.
As you've heard, records are made to be broken. Word is, the team has already been approached by another air show to break this record, so they may need to break it again next year.
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