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The Air Force's Thunderbirds jet team will be the highlight at this year's California Capital Airshow, which draws thousands each year.
Spectators will be treated to a show by some of the world's best pilots Saturday and Sunday at Mather Airport as the Thunderbirds fly their famous six-ship routine that includes everything from skilled formation flying to high-speed passes where two planes fly at each other, turning sideways as they pass and the roar of jet engines shakes the ground.
In addition to the sleek modern aircraft, vintage warplanes such as a P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang and F4U Corsair will take to the skies, showcasing some of America's most famous aircraft that fought in the Second World War.
But it's not all about the military, as specially designed stunt planes try to touch the limits of what physics allows in aviation. The Jelly Belly Barnstormer will be there, doing an aerobatics routine and, capping it off, landing on a motorhome that drives down the runway.
Static displays of many aircraft will also be on the ground, with some open to the public for tours – and the kids love sitting in the cockpits.
The air show runs from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Mather Airport, 10510 Superfortress Ave. Admission is between $7.50 and $10 for individual tickets, with other options available. Parking is $10 cash at the gate, or it can be paid in advance.
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