About 51,000 spectators turn out for the Dayton Air Show

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Organizers of the Vectren Dayton Air Show say an estimated 51,000 spectators visited the annual event, which was held this past weekend.

The turnout easily surpassed last year’s total, when about 40,000 patrons turned out to watch a performance by the Air Force Thunderbirds.

The air show’s headlining act this year was the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, which was inserted after the Navy’s Blue Angels canceled their appearance following the death of one of their pilots in June.

Officials say the Thunderbirds will be back to headline next year’s 43rd annual air show.

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