California Capital Airshow soars Saturday at Mather Airport

A performance by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds capped off an impressive flying display Saturday at the California Capital Airshow.

Under nearly ideal conditions, officials said they expect to set an attendance record for the 10th year of the event.

The three-day event started Friday at Mather Airport, near Rancho Cordova, with its first after-dark performance. The show wraps up Sunday. Gates will open at 9 a.m.

This weekend’s show was the first time the Thunderbirds and Canada’s top demonstration team, the Snowbirds, have performed in the same show, said Karen Strong, a spokeswoman for the event.

Other notable performers include acrobatic champion Rob Holland, Matt Younkin performing acrobatic maneuvers in a Beech 18, and the Jack Link’s jet-powered biplane.

Tickets can be purchased at californiacapitalairshow.com.

By the numbers

4,500 – Pounds of thrust produced by duel-engine “Jet Waco” biplane

273 – Number of aircraft at show

212 – Number of airshow acres

36 – Inches between Thunderbirds in tightest formation

10 – Number of years of California Capital Airshow

3 – Number of boats at show

1 – Number of times Canadian Snowbirds and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have been in same airshow this season

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