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Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Arctic Thunder air show wrapped up Sunday afternoon. During the two-day event. base officials say more than 220,000 people came to the open house.

Whether they came to see aerobatic performers -- ranging from the classic majesty of World War II-era planes like the P-51D Mustang, or the precision and power of pilots flying F-16 Falcon fighter jets with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds -- there wasn't much for fans to be disappointed about during this year’s show.

As a kid, there isn't anything much cooler than this. Jeremy Gardona and his 5-year-old son, Aiden, would have to agree.

“For him it's better than going to Disney World right now,” Gardona said.

For Gardona it’s Arctic Thunder, not Mickey Mouse, that has given him the chance to share something special with his boy this weekend.

“Daddy, watch the F-16s!” Aiden said.

“To be able to bring my son and get within a couple hundred feet of them is a great experience,” Gardona said.

It’s an experience that has inspired young Aiden -- one that already has him dreaming big, thanks to a C-17 Globemaster III transport making tight turns over JBER’s tarmac.

“I want to be a pilot, to fly on a C-17,” Aiden said.

While the size of the planes drew oohs, it was the maneuvers they performed which drew ahhs.

“Why is he upside down?” Aiden asked.

Normally that would be a fair question -- but at Arctic Thunder, it’s a common occurrence.

“Wow, the other one is upside down,” Aiden said.

In the end, the show both wowed the crowd and inspired the youth.

“Go to school, and maybe you could be a pilot like these guys,” Gardona said.

The only real hiccup during the air show occurred during Sunday morning’s F-22 Raptor demonstration, which was cut short after the pilot noticed what JBER officials described as a "check engine" light in the cockpit. While they say the warning wasn't serious, the pilot burned off fuel and landed safely rather than tempting fate.

Arctic Thunder is expected to return to Anchorage in 2016.