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California Capital Evening Airshow | MATHER AIRPORT, SACRAMENTO

July 13 & 14, 2024

Italy's Frecce Tricolori & USAF Thunderbirds

Friday-Fun Day: Cat Shots & Traps!

In 2023, the California Capital Airshow is proud to host the United States Navy Demonstration F/A-18 Super Hornet Demonstration Team! But, unfortunately, there are specific extraordinary skills that the Navy cannot feature during the Super Hornet demonstration …

What is it?

Aircraft carrier takeoffs (shots) and landings (traps)!

They Said “No!”

At this time, we’re unable to fill up Mather Airport with water and drag in an aircraft carrier from the Pacific. We asked and we’re told, “No!” 🙂

Thus, here’s the next best thing … an inside look at aircraft carrier takeoffs and landings. Those previous skills have been mastered by naval aviators.

Carrier Cat Shots & Traps Briefly Explained

Here’s a short look at carrier operations that includes the special skill sets of cat shots and traps.

An Inside Look at Trapping a Super Hornet on an Aircraft Carrier

The second video comes from the Strike Fighter Squadron 14 (VFA-14) “Tophatters” flying their F-18 Super Hornet. It highlights a carrier break and trap (landing).

Massive 2023 – Deep Discount Ticket Launch – Wed, May 17!

Wednesday, May 17th, at 12:00 PM PT (Noon Pacific), marks the massive 2023 discount ticket launch! The ticket launch is your opportunity to purchase California Capital Airshow tickets at the lowest prices in 2023. Even better, you get access to tickets and deep discounts not available to the public. Please remember, the USAF Thunderbirds are returning to Sacramento with some of the best pilots in the world, so tickets are going to sell fast. Make sure to keep an eye on your email inbox!


Video Credits:

  • Smithsonian YouTube Channel
  • Alexander A YouTube Channel

Please note: Aircraft and performers are subject to change without notice, due to operational considerations. If anything changes, we will do our best to let you know. Thank you!

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