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.”