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5 Reasons You Can’t Miss the California Capital Airshow

Complete with bombers, jumpers, the United States Navy Blue Angels, and so much more, the California Capital Airshow will be here before you know it!

On October 1-2, Rancho Cordova's Mather Airport is hosting the 11th annual California Capital Airshow, which has become one of the nation's largest and most highly respected airshows. Even if you don't know much about aviation or aren't familiar with airshows, we promise, this event is fun for the whole family! Keep reading for the top 5 reasons why you can't miss the 2016 California Capital Airshow. Get ready to tear up the Sacramento skies!


We have already mentioned the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, but a few of the other performers include the Royal Canadian Air Force, The U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and more! Some of these performers are world famous, and feature the best military and civilian performers in the world. The performers sync perfectly in the air, and the speeds they reach are incredible.


Take the action to the ground and visit the Display Aircraft exhibit. Here, you'll have the chance to explore grounded planes, meet pilots and interact with crew members. This is your chance to get up and close personal if you love aviation. Nothing is more fascinating than touring vintage military planes, especially when they flew back in World War II.


The Airshow is also family friendly, and your kids will love visiting the interactive exhibits. The Launch Pad is hosted by Aerojet Rocketdyne's Space and Aviation where teens and young kids can watch demonstrations, participate in games and fly simulators! This is absolutely perfect for kids that love playing video games because it combines games and technology with real-world applications.


The Hangar is the ultimate family zone featuring action-packed inflatables, an interactive exhibit from the Sacramento Children's Museum and much more kid-friendly fun. Your little ones will learn all about the Airshow and aviation all while playing and exploring the Hangar. The best part is that this zone has no extra charge!


Even though this massive event is an 'airshow', there is something for everyone! For those who have a need for speed, don't miss Bill Braack and Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car. This Jet Car reaches up to 400mph with over 10,000 horsepower! Needless to say, you won't leave this event wanting more.

With the stunning performances, surprise flyovers and exhibits, the 2016 California Capital Airshow is a once-in-a-lifetime event. For those traveling from afar, here are 16 of the best Rancho Cordova hotels.

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