The 2022 CenterPoint Energy Dayton Air Show came to a close Sunday evening.
Gates for the final day of the air show opened at 9 a.m. Sunday. The just over 4-hour long show started at noon and wrapped up around 4:15 p.m.
The United States Navy’s Blue Angels headlined this year’s show for the first time in four years. This year they conducted their first Dayton demonstration with their new F/A-18 Super Hornets.
News Center 7′s Brandon Lewis said he saw many people standing up to take photos and videos of the Blue Angels and all the different military planes that took to the skies over Dayton International Airport Sunday.
Robert Tolin, of Hilliard, said the air show isn’t only fun to attend, but it’s also inspirational to generations to come.
“If I was a kid, I would just be awe inspired by the machinery and stuff like that. They most likely might be inspired to pursue a career in aviation,” Tolin said.
One of those young people inspired was Gavyn Hanshew, of Cincinnati.
“When I grow up, I want to be in the U.S. Air Force and stuff, and just aviation in general. I’m interested in it,” Hanshew said.
Other featured performers on Sunday included the U.S. Army Golden Knights, Tora! Tora! Tora!, US Army AH-64D/E Apache and Kent Pietsch Airshows.
Beyond the planes in the sky, there were come ground-based planes for visitors to explore, including the U.S. Army CH-47F, U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress and F-15.
An estimated 40,000 people attended the air show last year. Officials numbers have not been calculated yet, but we’ll provide an update once we know the official attendance number Monday.