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The Breitling Jet Team Makes First Performance In North America

The World's Largest Professional Civilian Aerobatic Display Team Performs At The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo

The Breitling Jet Team has performed for the first time in the United States. 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 – for the first time customized with "American Tour" on the tail of the aircraft in honor of the tour.

Their first performance at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo occurred on Tuesday, April 21 for crowds of thousands, and more are expected at their performances throughout the weekend. 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.

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. Their next stop will be the Manassas Airshow in May, followed by the Jones Beach Airshow in NY.

"The Breitling Jet Team embodies Breitling's values of precision, performance, fine aesthetics, and innovation," says Breitling USA President Thierry Prissert. "With their unmatched precision and coordination at such high speeds, it is clear they are truly masters of their craft. When you watch them perform you cannot help but grin from ear to ear – it really is a special experience."

"It is thrilling to be here in the United States," says Jacques Bothelin, Leader of the Breitling Jet Team. "It is an honor to share our performances with American fans. 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."

Since developing on-board chronographs for airplane cockpits, including World War II propeller-driven fighter planes, Breitling has been known as the authentic partner of aviation. This reputation was solidified in 1952, when Breitling launched its legendary Navitimer wrist chronograph featuring a circular slide rule serving to perform all navigation-related calculations. A cult object for pilots and aviation enthusiasts, it has been continuously manufactured for almost 60 years – making it the world's oldest mechanical chronograph still in production.

(Images provided by Breitling)



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