2019 California Capital Airshow
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US Navy Blue Angels
Since 1946 the US Navy Blue Angels have performed in front of fans all over the country and they are back in Sacramento this year for only the second time since 2008. Each precision flight demonstration showcases the professionalism, excellence and teamwork found in all Navy and Marine Corps units. You’ll get goose bumps watching these F/A-18 Hornets fly in formation as close as 18 inches apart! Remember to stick around until the end of the show to catch autographs from the team along the crowd line.
USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team
CCA welcomes the Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team to Mather Airport this year! The F-16 Fighting Falcon, also known as the “Viper”, is the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter and has been a mainstay in this country’s aerial combat fleet for years. You’ll get a thrill out of watching the precision capabilities of this fighter. Catch a full demonstration of this fighter’s famed maneuverability as it’s piloted by Maj. Garret “Toro” Schmitz. Known for its ability to switch from air-to-air to air-to-ground combat with the touch of a button, its lightweight frame and powerful General Electric engine generates 31,000 pounds of thrust — making it fly at speeds in excess of Mach 2.
CA Air National Guard
The 146th Airlift Wing, 144th Fighter Wing and 129th Rescue Wing bring a complete aerial display of their assets. It’s all here! Catch the C-130J’s Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) and the Air Superiority tactical fighter, the F-15C Eagle. Get a front row seat to a long-range Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) simulation with the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk Helicopters and elite Pararescue Jumpers (PJ’s). This simulation mirrors the missions that have taken place in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Look to the skies for the heart-charging, high-performance power aerobatics of the new Team Oracle featuring legendary airshow pilot Sean Tucker and Jessy Panzer — the ONLY civilian female formation airshow pilot in the United States.
This duo brings thrill and adrenaline in the form of close formation flying that opposes Tucker’s signature maneuvers such as the Tucker Upper and Inside-Outside loop with Panzer’s Hammerhead, Avalanche and more!
You won’t want to miss this display as their 2019 tour represents a farewell to Tucker’s Oracle Challenger III, which will retire to a place of honor in Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum at the end of the season. This may be your last chance to see this airplane in action!
Vicky Benzing Barnstorming
She’s a winner of aerobatic competitions, an air race champion, and she can fly just about anything including a 1946 barnstorming Boeing Stearman! If this weren’t enough, Vicky is a role model to women and girls. She holds a doctorate in physical chemistry and retired from the tech industry only to take up the reins as a competitive pilot. In her carefully restored Stearman she demonstrates the grace and beauty of flight and inspires those watching from the ground.
Vintage Blues - Hellcat & Bearcat
Revisit the early days when the first U.S. military demonstration team when the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester Nimitz, envisioned a flight exhibition team to raise the public’s interest in naval aviation and boost Navy morale. The Blue Angels Tribute tips its hat to the original U.S. Navy Blue Angels and features the fully restored F6F-5 Hellcat and F8F-1 Bearcat! These aircraft rumble across the skies in formation bearing the original paint schemes of the 1946 team. Juxtaposed against the modern-day Blue Angels squadron, it’s a sight to behold and a photo opportunity that you don’t want to miss!
Aftershock Jet Fire Truck
It’s the fastest fire truck in the world. The Aftershock Jet Fire truck is a 1940 Ford Fire truck tricked out with TWIN Rolls-Royce Bristol Viper jet engines. You’ll nearly feel your teeth rattle when this truck roars down the runway powered by over 24,000 horsepower. Holding the Guineas Record for Fire Trucks at an amazing 407 MPH it really is the fastest fire truck in the world!
Patriot Parachute Team
These guys are the best of the best! The Patriot Parachute Team is veteran led and includes some of the most accomplished jumpers in the world! We’re talking former members of Navy SEAL Team, Navy Leap Frogs and Air Force Wings of Blue! Performing all over the country, this team not only thrills audiences with their dramatic drop from the skies, but also inspires people from all walks of life with their mission. Each team member has a proud military history and uses their time at airshows to connect with other veterans and inspire young people. Stick close to the crowd line because the Patriots Parachute Team will be looking to get up close and personal, passing out high fives and fist bumps right after they land.
75th Anniversary D-Day Tribute
June 6, 2019 marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. Today, look to the skies as we pay tribute the the pivotal WWII event. Notable aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang provided escort to bombers to and from targets, while the P-47 Thunderbolt provided reconnaissance, attack and escort duties. Don’t miss our D-Day Tribute museum on the ground. Look for re-enactors and other displays that highlight the event that changed the course of history 75 years ago.
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