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No word on whether a pilot will sing “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, but aeronautic enthusiasts will have a chance to rub elbows with members of a Navy Blue Angels and other scores of other California Capital Airshow performers during a ‘Blue and Gold’ block party in midtown Friday in advance of the show.

The free block party is set for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday outside the MARRS building in midtown, 1050 20th Street.

The event is a first for the California Capital Airshow, which is in its 12th year. Previous events welcoming the pilots and crew were private affairs for sponsors and dignitaries. This event is a chance for the next generation of pilots to meet a bevy of sharply dressed men and woman aviators, said Darcy Brewer, executive director of the airshow.

“They want to meet the kids,” Brewer said of the Navy Blue Angels, who will be in town for a week. “They want to see what Sacramento is all about.”

In addition to the Blue Angels pilots and crews, a dozens more airshow performers are expected to attend the block party.

The airshow – which has a full slate of military flight demonstrations – takes place Saturday and Sunday at Mather Airport. In addition to hosting the Navy top demonstration team, the show will also feature demonstrations from an F-35 Lightning II, the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet, US Air Force F-16 Viper and an B-29 Superfortress. The show will also honor the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

The Navy flight demonstration squad, the Blue Angels, who are celebrating their 70th anniversary, flew to Sacramento on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 to promote their participation in the California Capital Airshow on October 1 and 2.

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

Ed Fletcher: 916-321-1269, @NewsFletch

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