The fourth annual Aviation Day event attracted an estimated 7,500 people to the Columbus Municipal Airport, setting an event attendance record.

Airport director Brian Payne had originally predicted 5,000 people would turn out for Saturday’s event, as they had the past two years. Aviation Day featured two air shows, a car show, bounce houses, food vendors and other activities. The event also was a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Bakalar Air Force Base in Columbus and the 25th anniversary of the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum.

More than 900 people walked through the doors of the air museum during Aviation Day, said Jim Sellars, air museum past board president.

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