In 2015, the largest professional civilian jet aerobatic team will undertake its first United States tour. This exceptional formation, consisting of seven L-39C Albatros planes flying at nearly 700 km/h (435 mph), has already performed in 36 countries across the world.
The Breitling Jet Team has just completed a major European tour, traveling to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, England and Poland. The 2014 program was studded with a number of highlights – such as the first-time participation in the ILA Berlin Air Show (a very rare privilege for a civilian team), a flight with the Italian national Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team (in the framework of the “Fly for Peace” event designed to promote peace and respect for human rights) and another flight in formation with the British Red Arrows aerobatic team, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. In 2012, the Breitling Jet Team had already covered more than 45,000 kilometers (28,000 miles) during an “Asian Tour” that included stops in Russia, China, South East Asia, South Korea and Japan. The detailed program for the 2015 American tour will be announced at the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS), which will take place in Las Vegas (Nevada) on December 9th 2014.
The Breitling Jet Team’s performance, daring and precision make it the perfect ambassador of the Breitling spirit. Founded in 1884, the brand established itself as a privileged partner of aeronautics, notably through its famous onboard chronographs, which equipped propeller-driven fighter planes in the Second World War. In 1952, Breitling strengthened these authentic ties with the masters of the skies by creating the legendary Navitimer, a chronograph wristwatch equipped with a circular slide rule enabling all calculations relating to aerial navigation. This cult object for pilots and aeronautic enthusiasts has been continuously manufactured for more than 60 years – making it the doyenne of all mechanical chronographs in production worldwide. The brand has also made a name for itself in the forefront of electronics by developing various innovative instruments mainly for aviators’ use, which include the Emergency, the first wristwatch in the world equipped with an authentic integrated dual frequency personal locator beacon.