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Elk Grove Citizen

Airshow Soars to New Heights

Oct 03, 2023 12:04PM ● By Ted Erler

MATHER, CA (MPG) - The 17th annual California Capital Airshow, presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, returns on September 23-24, 2023, at Mather Airport in Sacramento. The two-day event will feature performances from some of the world’s most thrilling aircraft, featuring the renowned United States Air Force Thunderbirds jet demonstration team, and attendees will have the opportunity to explore 171 miles of aircraft displays and exhibits on the ground.

Gates to this massive aviation festival are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with flying performances from 12-4 p.m. Exhilarating performances will include the US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team, the return of the US Air Force C-17 Globemaster Demonstration, US Navy F-18 Super Hornet, and an awe-inspiring lineup of world-class civilian aerobatic performers, including a selection of vintage World War II aircraft.

“The Airshow will offer an incredible lineup of aircraft and performers from all over the world,” said Darcy Brewer, Executive Director of California Capital Airshow. “Our team works all year long to put on an event that the community will love, and we’ve added even more exhibits and experiences for attendees to enjoy this year.” 

In partnership with the Rancho Cordova Barrel District, the Airshow is debuting “The Hangar” Chalet, a ticketed area within the Airshow where attendees will receive a commemorative tasting glass and seven four-ounce pours from four local breweries, one hard kombucha, one meadery, and one distillery. The area will have seating, food trucks, and the option to purchase additional Barrel District partner beverages throughout the event. 

Also new this year is a free community event to kick-off the Airshow weekend on Friday, September 22 from 6-8 PM at Village Green Park in Rancho Cordova. Attendees can meet airshow performers, including the USAF Thunderbirds, and enjoy live music, food trucks, activities provided by local organizations, and chances to win FREE Airshow tickets and swag. 

Tickets for the Airshow are on sale now. The public can access discounted tickets and sign-up to receive festival updates as an Airshow Insider at www.californiacapitalairshow.comNo tickets will be available onsite Airshow weekend.

Established in 2004, the California Capital Airshow 501(c)3 plans and operates the exciting, family-friendly annual event designed to honor the Sacramento region’s rich aviation heritage and veterans while using the power and magic of flight to inspire young people. CCA gives back to the community through scholarships, charitable group donations and exciting educational youth programming throughout the year.