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California Capitol Airshow takes to the skies Friday night at Mather Airport

Capitol Airshow fuels dreams

Bee reporter Ed Fletcher takes a wild ride in advance of this weekend's event.
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Bee reporter Ed Fletcher takes a wild ride in advance of this weekend's event.

Jet planes + fireworks = awesome.

That’s the combination on tap for a special Friday night opening of the California Capitol Airshow.

“Airshow After Dark” promises a “magical combination of jets, pyrotechnics and fantastic farm-to-fork food.”

Wing-mounted flares and ground-based pyrotechnics will be set to music for the event held at Mather Field.

Tickets for this limited attendance preview are $150 at the gate.

On Saturday, the airshow – now in its 10th year – adopts a more familiar rhythm Saturday for the first of two day time shows. The event, presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, is headlined by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds jet demonstration team, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet.

The show also includes a strong line up of non-military demonstration planes including a Jack Link’s biplane outfitted with a jet engine, in addition to the prop engine.

“The whole family can enjoy a weekend filled with thrilling performances, and hands-on interactive exhibits that let the imagination run wild,” said Darcy Brewer, executive director of the California Capital Airshow.

California Capital Airshow

Event: Features three dozen aircraft, and more than a dozen in-flight performances headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m., Saturday and Sunday

Where: Mather Airport, near Rancho Cordova

Tickets/information: Tickets can be purchased online at californiacapitalairshow.com