Monday, August 22, 2016

The Breitling Jet Team

From France, and consisting of seven performing L-39 Albatross aircraft and an eighth that acts as a photography/videography chase plane, The Breitling Jet Demonstration team is the largest privately owned jet aerobatic team in the world.

The team is mostly composed of former French military pilots.

The L-39 Albatross, made by Czech manufacturer Aero Vochodny is a former Warsaw Pact jet trainer, with more than 2,800 being produced and it is still in use today and a new variant has been announced to be produced.

The team took off and then entered into a unique initial formation - flying with the MiG 17, and this was announced as the only time the Breitling team would fly with a MiG 17.

After flying with the MIG it was time for their own show.

First there was some tight formation flying.

Each formation maneuver they perform is named after a watch in the Breitling line.

Then they performed some dynamic aerobatics:

Complete with a low level pass:

Lots of cool aerobatic skill was on display by this team. This is part of the first tour the Breitling Jet Team has done in North America, and hopefully in the future they will visit again.

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