California Capital Airshow | MATHER AIRPORT, SACRAMENTO

September 30 - October 2, 2022

featuring the United States Air Force F-22 Raptor

Airshow Performers

Who will you see in the air?

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‘PLANES OF FAME’ F-86 SABRE & MIG 15 DOGFIGHT

‘PLANES OF FAME’ F-86 SABRE & MIG 15 DOGFIGHT

On December 17, 1950, the first known aerial combat between swept-wing jet fighters took place in the skies over Korea. The Russian-built Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 had been introduced to the Korean conflict in November, its speed and maneuverability causing trouble for the United States’ fleet of B-29 bombers and escorts. The North American F-86 Sabre was rushed to Korea, setting the stage for a clash in the air. Experience these two aircraft re-enact this memorable dogfight over the skies of Mather Airport!

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Air Force Heritage Flight featuring the F-22 Raptor & P-38 Lightning

Air Force Heritage Flight featuring the F-22 Raptor & P-38 Lightning

The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation (AFHFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was formed on December 6, 2010 with the primary charitable mission of providing Heritage Flights to the public. Our civilian Heritage Flight pilots fly alongside modern USAF fighter/attack jets in vintage warbirds.

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CA Air National Guard

CA Air National Guard

This action-packed demonstration will display the C-130J’s Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, and the maneuverability & power of the F-15C Eagle.

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Canadian Forces F-18 Hornet Demo

Canadian Forces F-18 Hornet Demo

It’s gonna get loud! Get ready as our friends to the north, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), rip through the skies of Sacramento in the custom painted CF-18 Hornet. (Its twin engines generate enough thrust to lift 24 full-size pick-up trucks off the ground!)

One of just a few stops in the US, the CF-18 Demonstration Team comes to Mather Airport to wow audiences with the power, speed and capability of this legendary jet.

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Navy E/A-18G Growler Legacy Team

Navy E/A-18G Growler Legacy Team

The Boeing EA-18G Growler is an American carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft, a specialized version of the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet. The EA-18G replaced the Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowlers in service with the United States Navy. The Growler’s electronic warfare capability is primarily provided by Northrop Grumman. The EA-18G began production in 2007 and entered operational service with the US Navy in late 2009.

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Travis AFB 'Parade of Heavies'

Travis AFB 'Parade of Heavies'

Not one, not two, but ALL THREE of Travis Air Force’s heavies (C-5, C-17 & KC-10) will take to the sky in what we like to call the ‘Parade of Heavies.’ Feel the power, hear the roar and awe at the sheer size of these massive beasts as they make a ceremonial pass over Show Center. You don’t want to miss it!

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US Air Force F-22 Raptor

US Air Force F-22 Raptor

The F-22 Raptor Demo Team is the world’s first 5th generation dedicated combat aircraft demonstration unit and remains the only twin-engine, vectored-thrust demonstration unit in the world. The Raptor’s combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force.

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US Air Force KC-135 Demonstration

US Air Force KC-135 Demonstration

Coming from the 92nd Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, the KC-135 Stratotanker Demo Team will show the capabilities of the Global Air Mobility Command’s aircraft including lowering its boom, which is the primary fuel transfer method. Nearly all of its internal fuel can be pumped through the boom, that’s more than 200,000 pounds of fuel.

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US Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady

US Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady

The U-2 first flew in 1955 at a secret military facility (the Ranch) near Las Vegas, Nevada. The “U” in “U-2” stands for “Utility.” Since the 1950’s, the “Dragon Lady” has been one of the mainstays of the U.S. Air Force and NASA. The U-2 has even conducted aircraft carrier operations from the USS America. Because of the U-2’s massive wings it can fly at higher altitudes than some of today’s most advance fifth generation fighter aircraft … at the edge of space! It’s a testament to extraordinary engineering feats of America’s brightest minds.

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US Army Air Corps WWII Tribute

US Army Air Corps WWII Tribute

During WWII, American air power came into its own demonstrating a need to create the US Air Force. Representing the Army Air Corps today are the P-38 Lightning, P-40 Warhawk, P-47 Thunderbolt & P-51 Mustang.

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US Navy Legacy Flight featuring the E/A-18G Growlers & F4U Corsair

US Navy Legacy Flight featuring the E/A-18G Growlers & F4U Corsair

The Navy Legacy Flight Foundation showcases the time-honored service and sacrifice of those who have flown in defense of our great nation. You can see these remarkable formation tributes at airshows all over the US.

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Stay tuned for more performer annoucements!

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