MATHER (CBS13) – The federal shutdown is grounding the Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbird pilots from performing, but that didn’t stop the California Capital Airshow from continuing with the Canadian Snowbirds.
“It will be my boys’ first airshow,” mom Sunny Acevedo said. “Thought it would be fun for them to see some stunts. Maybe it will give them some future goals.”
For others, seeing the different aircrafts brought back memories.
“I was in the navy. I was on an aircraft carrier, so we got to experience a lot of flights and all that. So it’s my opportunity to do it here,” said Rich Sizelove.
There was something for everyone from vintage to new aircraft, games for kids, simulator demos and food booths.
Some people showed up early to stake out the best spot to watch the show.
“Every year when the Thunderbirds are here, I’m here. Blue Angels, it don’t matter who,” said Khean Spencer. “I call my dad and tell him ‘OK dad this is who I seen.’ So, I’m a big fan and I guess I’m a big kid at heart because of it.”
Many spectators came out to Mather to see one particular group.
“Oh, the Snowbirds this year, I haven’t seen them. I usually see the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels when they’re here. So this will be exciting to see the Snowbirds this time,” said Lydia Sizelove.
Capt. Brett Parker flies with the Snowbirds. Their show alone is 45 minutes long.
“So some of the highlights of our show is the platinum split, because we’re celebrating 70 years as a squadron and 50 years with the aircraft,” said Parker.
So, what do Canadian Snowbirds do immediately after the show?
“We’ll sign autographs until everyone gets what autograph they need,” said Parker. “We will be there if it takes three hours. We will be there three hours to make sure everybody gets what they wanted to come for.”
The Snowbirds will perform again Sunday.