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Your Guide to the California Capital Airshow

The largest ground aviation display in North America, the USAF Thunderbirds, and the Canadian Snowbirds are all gearing up for the California Capital Airshow!

On September 24-26, Rancho Cordova's Mather Airport is hosting the 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 4 reasons why you can't miss the 2021 California Capital Airshow. Get ready to tear up the Sacramento skies!

THE LINEUP

California Capital Airshow Insiders already know- the USAF Thunderbirds are back! After a stunning performance in 2018, Sacramento County and the city of Rancho Cordova welcomes back the high-flying performers. Joining them in 2021 will be the Canadian Snowbirds. The event will feature the best military and civilian performers in the world. The performers sync perfectly in the air, and the speeds they reach are incredible.

DISPLAY AIRCRAFT

Back again in 2021, you'll have the chance to explore grounded planes, meet pilots and interact with crew members. This is your chance to get up close if you love aviation. Nothing is more fascinating than touring vintage military planes, especially when they flew back in World War II.

INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS FOR KIDS & TEENS

The Airshow is also family-friendly, and your kids will love visiting the interactive exhibits. Teens and young kids can watch demonstrations, participate in games and fly simulators! If your kids love playing video games, they can see how games and technology intersect with real-world applications. With the stunning performances, surprise flyovers and exhibits, the 2021 California Capital Airshow will be a once-in-a-lifetime event. For those traveling from afar, here are the best Rancho Cordova hotels and ideas for other fun things to do while you’re in the area.

AFTERBURNIN’ DRIVE-IN AIRSHOW

NEW to 2021! This first-ever Drive-In Airshow will take place on Friday evening-only! Imagine a tailgate party, but with jets! Both military jet teams and the F-35 will be flying, plus a few more Friday-ONLY surprises! Expect more than 25 jets flying within a 3-hour time span! Drive-in tickets are going fast. Get yours today!

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