Virtual reality at the California Capitol Airshow

The U.S. Navy hopes to capture the California Capitol Airshow's excitement with a new virtual reality experience

North America’s best pilots have landed in Sacramento this weekend for the California Capital Air Show.

Up in the air, The Blue Angels and Royal Canadian Air Force will dazzle your eyes and pop your ears. On the ground, the U.S. Navy hopes to capture the airshow’s excitement with a new virtual reality experience.

“We’re trying to get to a certain location for an extract,” Travis Edwards said while testing out the experience.

Edwards is a college student looking for a career.

“The kind of experience you could get from something like the Navy is something you would have to think about after seeing this,” Edwards said. “Accomplishing a mission to kind of feel that thrill of being under fire and have to think fast and react is kind of a cool experience.” 

This is the U.S. Navy’s newest tool in recruiting, a virtual reality experience that takes you through the jungle and brings you under fire to help extract Navy SEALS. The Navy is always looking for new recruits, and if that career path seems right for you, the California Capital Airshow at Mather Airport is offering up a one of a kind test drive experience. 

“This is going to go from coast to coast to high schools, various colleges," Commander Allen Owens of the United States Navy said. "Our aim is to target populations and events where we have our age group of folks who want to learn a little bit more about the Navy. We’ve been able to develop here a small slice of what you might get in the Navy and a little of how it would feel to be in this unique job."

The airshow runs until 5 p.m. today and is open tomorrow, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, visit

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