After two years of highly-acclaimed performances, the Breitling Jet Team’s first-ever American Tour recently concluded at the inaugural Breitling Huntington Beach Air show in Southern California. Known for their precision flying and breathtaking performances, the team performed from coast to coast with over 70 performances at 30 different air shows in the U.S. and Canada over the two-year tour. Upon landing from their last performance in Huntington Beach, the Breitling Jet Team was honored to receive a Celebratory Water Salute from local fire trucks.
As part of The Breitling Jet Team American Tour, the pilots had the privilege of performing at the Warriors Over the Wasatch Airshow at Hill Air Force Base. During the show, they flew over some of the great landmarks in Utah including the Great Salt Lake and Bonneville Salt Flats.
Crossing North America to perform at some of the world’s best air shows, the Breitling Jet Team was able to fly over some very picturesque areas like Mount Hood and Painted Hills in Oregon, the Badlands, Mount Baker and Devils Tower National Monument.
Breitling Jet Team Leader Jacques Bothelin said, “there are no words to describe the pleasure we had flying over these beautiful parts of the United States. The country itself is so stunning and so big, the different landscapes and variety of terrain is really incredible.”
For the second year in a row, the Breitling Jet Team was in Toronto for the Canadian International Air Show. Just like in 2015, the Canadian crowds were incredible. “It was a really fantastic weekend. To fly over Lake Ontario for Canadian audiences was amazing,” said Jacques Bothelin, Breitling Jet Team Leader.
On Thursday afternoon, prior to the air show, spectators in Toronto enjoyed a thrilling display by the Breitling Jet Team along with the Canadian National Display Teams: the Snowbirds and a CF-18 Hornet.
There were a total of 17 jets in the Canadian sky, the seven L39 Albatros Jets, the eight CT-114 Tutor planes of the Snowbirds and the powerful CF-18 Hornet, plus the chase plane capturing great pictures of the various formations.
During the second year of their American Tour, the Breitling Jet Team shared some great moments in the sky and very rare opportunities to fly with some very well-known aircraft.
In Detroit, the team flew over downtown and the Detroit River in close formation with the Flying Fortress B-17 called "Yankee Lady.” During the Thunder over Michigan Air Show, the team also flew in close formation with a MiG-17, the only one of its kind flying in America. Before the Oregon International Air Show in Hillsboro, the pilots of the Breitling Jet Team flew with another iconic airplane, the powerful F-15 Air National Guard Screaming Eagle.
Breitling Jet Team Pilot #4, Ponpon who loves warbirds, said, “it was like a dream to fly with the B-17 and MiG-17.” All pilots were very excited to see this plane that had previously only been seen on the ground, in movies or in pictures.
For the second and last year of the Breitling Jet Team’s inaugural American Tour, New York City was the place for some outstanding and memorable events. The pilots flew in formation over the Manhattan skyline and Central Park. They also celebrated the grand opening of the newly-relocated Flagship Breitling Boutique New York alongside other Breitling Ambassadors including seasoned pilot and aviation aficionado, John Travolta; former astronaut and retired U.S. Navy Captain, Mark Kelly; retired U.S. Navy Captain and astronaut who recently completed a year-long mission in space, Scott Kelly and four-time Stanley Cup Champion and Hockey Hall of Fame member, Wayne Gretzky.
In addition to flying Memorial Day Weekend at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, New York, the team also attended a special event celebrating New York’s Fleet Week. Simultaneously, one of the Breitling Jet Team’s L-39C Albatros aircraft was displayed on the flight deck of the famed Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. The pilots visited the aircraft together with Scott Kelly on a special morning to greet fans.
The Breitling Jet Team began the second and last year of their inaugural American Tour in April, 2016 in Florida. The pilots of the Breitling Jet Team flew over the skylines and beaches of Miami and Fort Lauderdale and participated at the Melbourne Air & Space Show. Jacques Bothelin, the Breitling Jet Team Leader, commented “the weather was fantastic and allowed for some really great sunshine to capture some great photographs of the team in the Florida skies.”
Enjoy a video recap of the highly-acclaimed 2015 North American Tour, which took the Breitling Jet Team from coast to coast across the United States and Canada to nearly 20 air shows with iconic flights over the Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, and Mount Rushmore, among others.
With Breitling being a proud supporter of the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada for 12 years, the Breitling Jet Team was extremely honored to fly for the first time there in 2015 as part of their American Tour.
The Breitling Jet Team had the privilege to fly over San Francisco and the well-known Golden Gate Bridge in October. The Breitling Jet Team is even more excited to announce their 2016 Schedule, which includes the world-famous San Francisco Fleet Week in October.
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The Breitling Jet Team is pleased to announce the schedule for the second year of their American Tour. After a highly-acclaimed first year of our inaugural American Tour, we are excited to perform for new audiences. We will be flying at approximately 15 air shows across the U.S. and Canada.
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The Breitling Jet Team was honored to fly over some of America's most beautiful landscapes as part of their inaugural tour.
Here is a video of the team flying over Monument Valley on the border of Arizona and Utah.
As part of the Breitling Jet Team American Tour, the team flew over one of America's most beautiful sites, Lake Tahoe, California.
Breitling and the Breitling Jet Team were pleased to host longtime brand ambassador, two-time Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe winner and renowned aviator John Travolta at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, NV. John Travolta has been an ambassador to Breitling for more than 10 years, after being introduced to the brand when he became interested in aviation.
Travolta, along with a select group of international guests of Breitling, attended the exclusive weekend celebrating aviation, which included the races, and flights with the Breitling Jet Team and World Aerobatics Champion David Martin. Another highlight of the weekend was a celebration honoring a class of Top Gun Instructors from the nearby base in Fallon, NV with a presentation of Breitling watches given to them by John Travolta, former Astronaut Mark Kelly and Admiral Timothy J. Keating.
America’s grandest landscapes and a wide-open sky greeted the Breitling Jet Team as they flew in tight formation through the American Southwest.
Traveling from Monument Valley to the Grand Canyon in a matter of minutes, the world's first and largest civilian jet team soared over some of the country’s most beautiful scenery en route to the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada.
“We have seen many amazing things during our first tour of the United States, but the size and beauty of these landscapes was truly incredible,” Breitling Jet Team leader Jacques Bothelin said. “And better still, we passed them on our way to fly in Reno.”
The Breitling Jet Team is composed of seven civilian pilots performing aerobatics in formation, frequently only a few feet from each other. Following their performance in Reno, the team will participate in three more events before returning to their home.
Seven L-39C jets cut through the Ontario sky over Labor Day weekend as they rushed from Toronto toward Niagara Falls. The weekend marked the Jet Team’s first-ever participation in the Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) as well as their last performance of the summer season.
One of several iconic flights the Breitling Jet Team completed during their first-ever tour of the United States and Canada, the team took several passes by the iconic falls. Every second, 150,000 gallons of water flow over the edge at the oldest state park in the country, crafted by nature’s sheer power.
“To see Niagara Falls from such a point was truly a special experience for us,” Breitling Jet Team leader Jacques Bothelin said. “Precision and timing are essential to our success, so to see something so powerful and unrestrained in person was remarkable.”
The Breitling Jet Team, supported by the Independent Swiss watch brand Breitling, snd based in Dijon, France is composed of seven civilian pilots performing aerobatics in formation, frequently only a few feet from each other. Their participation in the CIAS capped the summer, but the tour continues with several more tour dates including performances at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada.
Breitling and Bentley unveiled the Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series at the Seattle Boeing Seafair Airshow. Owners of these bespoke Mulliner vehicles were presented keys to their seven cars in front of the seven jets by the matching jet pilot, and also received the corresponding Chronomat 44 Breitling Jet Team Limited Edition numbered timepiece. After seeing their cars for the first time, guests experienced a once-in-a-lifetime passenger flight in formation with the Breitling Jet Team high above the Seattle skyline.
The vehicles were designed through Bentley’s exclusive Mulliner bespoke design program, complete with a special livery and interior materials designed to echo elements of the Breitling Jet Team aircraft. The vehicles are outfitted to satisfy the most discerning customers with a special exterior that includes a striking duo-tone split of Hallmark and Onyx with highlights of Breitling Yellow matching the jets. Each of the seven cars is individually numbered to signify its place in the limited production run, which matches the number of jets in the team’s fleet. In addition to the customized exterior, the interior has unique seats accented with the signature Breitling Yellow. The Continental GT Speed is Bentley’s fastest production vehicle ever, powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 with 626 hp and a top speed of 206 mph.
The Breitling Jet Team took in some of the most incredible sites during their first-ever North American Tour this summer. Beginning in Milwaukee to participate in the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, continuing through Chicago to one of the nation’s greatest monuments, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, then over America’s first national park, Yellowstone and finally over Montana’s Flathead Lake. Performing in the U.S. for the first time this year, it is fitting that the team took the opportunity to see some of the incredible sights the country has to offer, given the bird’s eye views they have from the cockpits of their seven L-39 C Albatros jets.
These impressive and scenic flights are one of several that the Breitling Jet Team has taken on their inaugural American Tour. Other flights included a breathtaking flight over the New York City skyline, and a flight to salute the iconic French warship, the Hermione. Known for their meticulously coordinated performance in which the team flies within just a few feet of each other at speeds of up to 565 mph, the Breitling Jet Team is currently on a cross country tour with performances scheduled at nearly 20 airshows throughout North America.
“It was truly special to get a chance to see such beautiful parts of the American landscape,” Breitling Jet Team leader Jacques Bothelin said. “Especially the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.”
The team continues across North America for performances at the Canadian International Air Show September 5 – 7 (Toronto), at the Fort Worth (Texas) Alliance Air Show September 12 – 13, at the National Championship Air Races Reno, Nevada, 16 - 20.09.2015, at the Naval Base Ventura County Airshow (California) September 26 - 27, at the MCAS Miramar Airshow San Diego (California) October 03 - 04, at the Wings over Houston Airshow (Texas) October 17 - 18.
The Breitling Jet Team recently flew over an exact replica of General Lafayette’s 18th-century ship, the Hermione in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia in the United States. Based in Dijon, France and currently on their first-ever American Tour, the team flew over the historic ship to honor and pay tribute to the critical role it served in the American Revolutionary War, and as a testament to the enduring alliance and friendship of America and France.
Both General Lafayette and the Hermione played a pivotal role in securing American independence in the 18th century. Lafayette arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States on April 28, 1780 carrying the secret news that he had secured French reinforcements, and later receive the American Congress on board in May of 1781. Today, this historic vessel represents the friendly union between America and France, a fitting fly past for the French-based civilian Jet team, 3,000 miles from their base in Dijon. The Breitling Jet Team is currently performing at 20 air shows in the U.S. and Canada as part of their inaugural North American Tour.
“As the Breitling Jet Team begins its American Tour across the country, we are honored to have had such a meaningful flight over the Hermione, which is such a significant symbol of the alliance between the United States and France,” said Jacques Bothelin, Leader of the Breitling Jet Team. “With all of our pilots on the team being French, and the warm welcome we have received so far in the United States, it was an honor to pay tribute to the union between France and the United States with this flight, as we have experienced this friendship first-hand since arriving stateside in April.”
Nearly 129 years after the Statue of Liberty was officially gifted to the United States from the people of France, the France-based Breitling Jet Team, supported by Swiss watch company Breitling, took to the skies for a spectacular flight around Lady Liberty. The Team arrived stateside for the first time this year to embark on their first-ever American Tour, comprised of nearly 20 airshows across the US and Canada.
In addition to the Statue of Liberty, the Team took in other New York landmarks like the new Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center, Central Park and the George Washington Bridge on this meaningful flight.
“It was a privilege to experience the flight over the Manhattan skyline,” said Jacques Bothelin, leader of the Breitling Jet Team. “To fly there, it was something truly breathtaking; the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, and the brand new Freedom Tower at the new World Trade Center are recognized throughout the world and it was an honor to get so close.”