By Darcy Brewer
On the wings of some of the most legendary aircraft, piloted by the best of the best, the 13th annual California Capital Airshow returns to Mather Airport to thrill audiences of all ages on September 21, 22, and 23. Presented by Sacramento County, in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, the show will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and includes a one-of-a-kind Friday night show, known as Airshow After Dark, as well as two full days of heart-pounding aerial performances and aircraft displays.
This year, the CCA lineup leaves nothing on the table. Whether you are a thrill seeker, a history buff, a young person interested in STEM, or an aviation enthusiast, the 2018 California Capital Airshow offers a vast mix of family-friendly entertainment amid an aviation-themed festival atmosphere.
Airshow After Dark – A Birthday Bash for Mather Airport’s 100th
As the sun sets on Friday, September 21, the skies over Mather Airport will ignite with a feast for the senses. Choreographed to concert-quality music, thrilling jets and aerobatic performers will light up the sky with streaming flares — showering iridescent bursts and thundering pyrotechnics from their wings. Dedicated to celebrating Mather Airports 100th year as a pivotal fixture within the community, the evening offers attractions on the ground as well as in the air, and culminates with an explosive Wall of Fire, a mesmerizing fireworks display and a lively concert by premier dance band, “Wonder Bread 5”.
Don’t Miss the World Famous U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on Saturday and Sunday
Headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Demonstration Squadron, on September 22 and 23, the weekend offers a lineup of performances that promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats! Families can look forward to non-stop high-flying action each day from the F-35 Heritage Flight Team, the internationally acclaimed U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet, and an awe-inspiring roster of world-class civilian aerobatic performers.
On the Ground – STEM and a History Lesson
In addition to thrilling displays of aerobatic stunts overhead, CCA includes miles of aircraft displays featuring fully-restored warbirds, massive cargo airplanes and military aircraft, as well as interactive STEM exhibits, immersive activities, and virtual reality experiences designed to inspire future aviators and innovators. CCA offers experiential learning at its best with each hands-on activity and an offer to get up close and personal with aircraft and their crews.
History comes to life with the Mather Museum. This temporary exhibit curated exclusively for the California Capital Airshow to commemorate Mather Airport’s 100th birthday, offers a literal walk through the original gates of Mather Field where, 100 years ago, this historic airfield began its legacy of service to our nation and communities. Mather artifacts, timelines and stories will lend a new appreciation for the ground you are standing on.
It’s More than an Airshow
CCA is a family-friendly, patriotic event that provides an experience to people of all ages. It’s more than just the thrill of watching breath-taking aerial stunts overhead. It’s an opportunity to see, touch, and smell the dynamic airpower that propels business and industry every day. It’s their mission to inspire young people using the power and magic of flight. The hands-on and interactive experiences offered at the California Capital Airshow bring people closer to aviation, aerospace and STEM, and thus closer to the opportunity to find and realize their dreams. Not only that, CCA also honors the Sacramento region’s rich aviation heritage and veterans. Proceeds from the airshow go back into the community through scholarships, charitable group donations, and year-round educational youth programming.
Get Your Tickets Online and Early for the Best Prices – Kids Get in Free
One Adult General Admission ticket provides free admission for up to four children, ages 6-15. Children ages 5 and under receive free general admission. Take advantage of all three days by purchasing the Weekend Ticket Bundle. This package offers, not only the magical night show and concert, but also general admission to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds-headlined airshows on Saturday and Sunday. Get the best prices as well as detailed information about the airshow performers by becoming an Airshow Insider at www.californiacapitalairshow.com. Tickets are on sale now – Buy Early and SAVE!Ca