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Sacramento Capital Airshow This Weekend

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

More than 100 years of aviation will be on display and in the air at this year's Capital Air Show at Mather Airport in Sacramento.

Nearly 250 planes will perform Saturday and Sunday. 

Darcy Brewer is Executive Director for the air show. She says the event includes flight simulators, interactive displays, and theatrical productions that show off 100 years of aviation.

"You can come out to the air show and see examples of the type of aircraft we first flew in the early 1900's before we even delivered mail or passengers all the way up through an F-22 Raptor this year which can circumnavigate the globe stopping for fuel in less than 24 hours, completely undetected by radar."

She says it takes two years for a team to organize and choreograph a show.

"It's a theatrical production. So, people who haven't been to an air show before, it's not just planes flying overhead. There's stories that we tell. It's a study of our nation's history. It's nothing like a museum or a textbook."

She says the event benefits scholarships and programs for students who want to get into the aerospace industry. 

This is the airs show's ninth year. It has drawn as many as 125,000 people.

Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 a.m.  Performances start at noon.

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Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob is the Sacramento Region Reporter. He has been at the forefront of the coverage of the Sacramento Kings' saga and the effort to build a new arena in Sacramento. He also covers education, business, environment, and sports stories.   Read Full Bio