The California Capital Airshow has announced the addition of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Team to this year’s lineup, in addition to the much-anticipated visit from the Italian Jet Team, Frecce Tricolori, according to an air show press release Thursday.

The 18th annual California Capital Airshow, presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, makes its return to Mather Airport on July 13 and 14, 2024. This event will feature an extraordinary lineup of performers, miles of ground attractions, and the return of nighttime aerial performances concluding with a massive pyro-musical fireworks show.


“To have both the Thunderbirds and Frecce Tricolori performing at the same show is truly once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Darcy Brewer, Executive Director of California Capital Airshow. “Our attendees will get to see some of the best pilots in the word fly right here in Sacramento. We hope everybody is ready for jets, jets, and more jets!”

This unique show features four hours of nonstop aerial performances beginning at 6:00 PM each day. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will kick off the event followed by Frecce Tricolori, United States Navy F-18 Super Hornet, U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning and C-17 Globemaster demo teams and an impressive roster of highly skilled civilian performers. As the sun sets, the show will continue with maximum afterburner followed by aircraft lighting up the night sky with pyrotechnics, walls of fire, a spectacular fireworks show, and more. 


Airshow tickets are on sale now at Tickets are limited and selling quickly, so those hoping to attend are encouraged to purchase their tickets soon.

Special thanks to our generous partners Sacramento County, the City of Rancho Cordova, Modern Aviation, Keurig Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Visit Rancho Cordova, Folsom Lake Dodge, Donaghy Sales, SMUD, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Atlas Disposal, Sunbelt, Teichert, Elite Power, FOX 40, iHeart Media, and UPS. In addition, the Airshow team is grateful to a long list of committed community supporters, as well as the teams of law enforcement and emergency services that give their time and energy to keep everyone safe.


Tickets, event details and volunteer opportunities can be found at CaliforniaCapitalAirshow.

The Air Force Thunderbirds perform their famous “inversion” maneuver during the 2023 California Capital Air Show. Folsom Times file photo by Bill Sullivan
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