Abbotsford-bound Breitling team takes to American skies

Breitling Jet Team will fly at the Abbotsford Air Show in August.

Abbotsford-bound Breitling team takes to American skies

The Breitling Jet Team, which will fly at the Abbotsford Air Show in August, has successfully completed their first-ever performance in the United States earlier this week.

The world’s largest professional civilian flight team performing in jets, the Breitling Jet Team is comprised of seven L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph.

The France-based team puts on precisely co-ordinated high-speed aerobatic performances

Their first performance at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo occurred on Tuesday, April 21 for crowds of thousands. The Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo marks the first stop on the Breitling Jet Team American Tour, with an additional 20 performances scheduled in 2015 across the United States and Canada, including at the Abbotsford Air Show from August 7 to 9.

The team wowed crowds with their deft maneuvers, such as the Ocean Master Wave and Blackbird Formation, at times flying within just a few feet of each other, at the opening of the prestigious aviation event, and the team has additional performances scheduled throughout the weekend.

“It is thrilling to be here in the United States,” said Jacques Bothelin, Leader of the Breitling Jet Team. “I hope that people feel the excitement and exhilaration that we feel with every performance – and maybe some will be inspired to become pilots themselves.”