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Capital Air Show Returns With New Vintage Plane Collection

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The California Capital Airshow takes place Sept. 9 through Sept. 10 at Mather Airport.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

This year's California Capital Airshow will include a tribute to Korean War airplanes and will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force.

The airshow is this weekend at Mather Airport.

A new component this year will be a display and competition of restored vintage aircraft. Darcy Brewer, Executive Director of the airshow, says it's rare for people to see these planes.

"The National Aviation Heritage Invitation is a restoration competition between the most prestigious and beautifully restored aircraft in the United States and a little bit beyond, all set to Smithsonian standards," Brewer said. "You're never going to see airplanes like this outside of a hangar."

Brewer says historic planes such as a Lockheed Harpoon, DC-3 and Stinson Reliant willl be judged.

In the air, the Patriot Parachute team, U.S. Navy Hornets, and several stunt pilots will also perform.

More than 130,000 people attended last year's event.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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