ANCHORAGE (AP) More than 75,000 people on Saturday showed up for the two-day Arctic Thunder air show at the Elmendorf Air Force Base.
This year's event was highlighted on both Saturday and Sunday by the precision flying of the Thunderbirds the U.S. Air Force's crack aerial demonstration team.
The crowd marveled at the aerobic stunts performed by more than a dozen pilots in various aircraft. The Thunderbirds fly red, white and blue F-16 Fighting Falcons.
''I'm really interested ... in showing my sons the various planes the United States has to protect our country and to see the Thunderbirds,'' said Vivian Montoya, a 33-year-old nursing intern from Anchorage, who attended the show with her two sons, ages 9 and 5.
Arnold Heck of Anchorage, who was most impressed by the F-15's vertical climb, is 60 and goes to the Elmendorf air shows every year.
''You have to feel pretty confident, pretty protected by all these planes,'' he said. ''Our tax dollars at work.''
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