WIRED | 3/16/2018 | Laura Mallonee
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The Wright Brothers flew the first practical aircraft through the skies just outside Dayton, Ohio in 1905. Today, that same air space sees wonders Orville and Wilbur could only dream of: fighter jets, bombers, and other aircraft flying upside down, soaring in formations, writing words with smoke.

It’s all part of the Dayton Air Show, an aerial spectacle that draws more than 40,000 people to the birthplace of aviation each June. "It's about pushing higher, pushing faster and pushing the limits of what machines can do," says Jamie Kripke, whose dreamy series Air Show documents the event.

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Kripke was among last year's least likely attendees: He hates flying. It takes all his willpower not to think about every little thing that could go wrong when in the air. But in a bid to dispel his fear, he began researching flight and learned about the air show. He booked a flight from Boulder, where he lives, on Southwest Airlines, partly because they only use 737s. "Their fleet mechanics only need to know how to maintain one kind of plane, which is reassuring,” he says.

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The two-day event kicked off at Dayton’s airport one clear blue morning in late June. Red, white and blue festooned the grounds, and the scent of hot dogs and funnel cakes greased the air. Attendees dressed...
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