The California Capital Airshow is a huge two-day program packed with aerial demonstrations and ground exhibits that showcase an array of military and civilian aircraft. Two events will certainly interest the aviation history buff.
The Air Force Heritage Flight honors American airman and aircraft of the past with performances featuring vintage warbirds from WWII, Korea and Vietnam eras in formation with contemporary fighter/attack planes. The Heritage Flights began in 1997 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. This year's Sacramento show will pair a P-51 Mustang with a F-15E Strike Eagle.
Tora! Tora! Tora! is a large-scale reenactment of the 1941 Japanese air strike on Pearl Harbor. Produced by a volunteer team of ground crew, maintenance, pilot and pyrotechnic experts, the show features replicas of Japanese bomber and fighter planes simulating the attack. Smoke, fire and explosions make the experience all the more real. A professional announcer explains the action and the history behind the performance.
What: California Capital Airshow
Where: Mather Airport, 3745 Whitehead St., Mather, Calif.
When: Sept. 10-11, 9 to 5 p.m.
Cost: General admission, adults 13+ $15, children 6-12 $10, children under 5 free. Parking $10.
For more info: (916) 876-7568 or web site
PHOTO CREDITS: P-51, courtesy Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation. Pearl Harbor attack reenactment, courtesy Commemorative Air Force.