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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds land at Travis Air Force Base, Thursday, March 28, 2019. The team is performing at the 2019 Thunder Over the Bay air show Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31, 2019. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds land at Travis Air Force Base on Thursday, March 28, 2019. The squadron is performing at the 2019 'Thunder Over the Bay' Air Show on March 30 & 31. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The first air show appearance of a KC-46 Pegasus tanker will happen this weekend at Travis Air Force Base’s Thunder Over the Bay air show.

Two state-of-the-art F-35 Lightning II stealth multiple-role fighters are also being added to the offerings of the two-day-long event, according to organizers.

The honoring of 30 local hometown heroes and aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team will be centerpieces of the air show and open house Saturday and Sunday.

The U.S. Army Golden Knights will demonstrate their precision parachuting skills that include flying the American flag as they drop and land dead center on target.

Air Combat Command’s F-22 Demo Team from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, will show off its impressive maneuverability of that fighter.

The six-aircraft L-39 Patriots Jet Team, a nonprofit civilian aerobatic team, will perform.

Visitors can also see the Globemaster III Demo Team, a U-2 Flight Demo and a C-130 Demo Contingency Response Wing insertion, as well as the Smoke and Thunder Jet Truck.

Civilian aerial offerings will include Yuichi Takagi flying a Pitts S-25, Matt Chapman flying an Extra 330LX, Bill Stein flying an Edge 540 and Jeff Boerboon flying the Yak-110.

Static displays will include the E-3 AWACs along with Travis’ own aircraft and aircraft from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard and the California Highway Patrol.

The Hospital Gate opens both days at 9 a.m. The air show runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Admission is free.