The California Capital Airshow roars into the Sacramento region Oct. 2-4 for its 10th anniversary show, featuring two jet teams – the US Air Force Thunderbids and the Canadian Showbirds – and for the first time, a night show.
Held each year at Mather Airport in Rancho Cordova, about 20 minutes from downtown Sacramento, the California Capital Airshow is a thrilling day of family fun.
Aerobatic performances, high-speed fly-bys, the US Navy F/A-18 Hornet team and classic aircraft such as P-51 Mustangs, DC-3s and a B-17 Flying Fortress showcase almost a century of aviation.
On the ground, a C-5 Super Galaxy cargo plane will be on display and open for tours. It’s the largest western military plane ever built, and the crew will be on-hand to answer questions.
Another massive aircraft that will be on display on the ground is the B-52 Stratofortress, which gained fame during the Cold War and saw extensive use in Vietnam.
The airshow is a fun and educational experience for kits, as there will be interactive booths where children can learn about what makes a plane fly and discover what it takes to pursue a career in the aerospace industry.
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Planes Light up the Night Sky
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show, there will be a night show on Friday, Oct. 2. After the Canadian Snowbirds perform, there will be a catered farm-to-fork dinner at sunset followed by multiple performances of aircraft with flashing lights and pyrotechnics flying off of them. The show culminates with the wall of fire and a fireworks show.