|Patriots Jet Team at California Capital Airshow, Rancho Cordova|
(All photogalleries click here.)
Last weekend, the Mather Airport in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento, California, was home to the annual California Capital Airshow. With parachutes, one-and-two seater planes through to giant examples of aviation engineering, both the skies and the ground were filled with the spirit of the air, past, present and future. Beautifully-restored vintage planes, all flown in to compete in the National Aviation Heritage Invitational, all correct down to the last rivet. Huge, military transport planes, big enough to carry a village. The first-ever airshow fly-by by a Doomsday plane. A huge audience of military veterans of all ages, young families and teens; people with stories to tell and pictures to paint in the sky; food to be eaten and water to be drunk by the gallon under the relentless, close to 100 degree September sun.
The sky overhead was a beautiful, clear turquoise, and the planes made their own clouds, streaming red white and blue, orange and yellow, across the sky. Sacramento's 70-plus days of poor air quality was evident closer to the ground, appearing like a foggy haze against out of which the low-flying jets zoomed.
|Patriot Parachute Team|
|Kent Pietsch, gliding down from 6,000 feet|
|Bill Stein at the California Capital Airshow|
|Patriots Jet Team at California Capital Airshow|
|Bill Stein... which way is up???|
Here are the first photo galleries: more coming soon, jets and the Doomsday plane, an A-10 and the Heritage Flight, the ground show and much more! Links will be added below as the photos are available.
- Patriots Jet Team photo gallery
- Patriot Parachute Team photo gallery
- Bill Stein photo gallery
- Kent Pietsch photo gallery
- All the airshow photo galleries, 2017 and 2017
|Patriots Jet Team|