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Time for Me to Fly!

Sep 21, 2022 12:00AM ● By CCA Special Release

The world's most talented pilots will be showcasing in the F-22 Raptor Demo Team, a 5th generation dedicated combat aircraft with twin-engine, vectored-thrust capabilities. Photo courtesy of California Capital Airshow

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MATHER, CA (MPG)  –The California Capital Airshow (CCA), presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, are ready to launch another amazing show for 2022.

The popular aviation festival returns to the skies September 30th through October 2nd at Mather Airport in Sacramento, featuring a multi-national salute commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the United States Air Force. Attendees will experience the world’s most talented pilots and capable aircraft both in the air and on the ground, including the long-awaited return of the F-22 Raptor, the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet, an extensive list of exhilarating military jet performances, historic warbirds, and activities that will inspire the next generation. 

CCA has planned two unique options to enjoy the 16th annual show; Saturday, October 1st, and Sunday, October 2nd will feature an Airshow and massive festival with aircraft displays, attractions, music, food, and interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) experiences along the airport ramp from 9:00 am-5:00 pm each day. But that’s not all; buckle up for a wild and loud third day of Airshow excitement on Friday afternoon, September 30th from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm as the Afterburnin’ Drive-In Airshow & Tailgate Party makes a comeback for a second year.    

“Wow, what a show we have planned this year!” said Darcy Brewer, executive director of the California Capital Airshow. “We are thrilled to offer a unique family-friendly aviation festival along the ramp and the hottest flying performances in the air.  This year’s event will be EPIC and will inspire attendees of all ages throughout the weekend.” 

Tickets are on sale to the general public via the Airshow website. With limited capacities for 2022, the Airshow expects a sell-out, and no tickets will be available onsite Airshow weekend.

The following sponsors and community partners have generously contributed to delivering this year’s Airshow to the families of our region: Sacramento County, City of Rancho Cordova, Lasher Dodge, Keurig Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Lockheed Martin, Micron Technology, Modern-Aviation, Markstein Beverage, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Matheson, SMUD, Atlas Disposal, Elite Power, Fox 40, and iHeart Media. About California Capital Airshow Established in 2004, the California Airshow Group 501(c)3 plans and operates the exciting, family-friendly California Capital Airshow and festival that honors the Sacramento region’s rich aviation heritage and veterans, while using the power and magic of flight to inspire the next generation.

CCA gives back to the community through scholarships, donations to local nonprofit organizations, and free educational youth programs throughout the year. For more information about the Airshow, performers, and discount tickets, please visit

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