Breitling, the Swiss watch manufacturer is honored to announce that the Breitling Jet Team will be performing in the U.S. for the first time ever in 2015. The prestigious aerobatic display team is the first and largest of its kind; comprised of seven L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph, and have flown across 36 countries all over the world to-date.
"I am very excited that the Breitling Jet Team will finally perform in the United States," said Breitling USA President Thierry Prissert. "They have performed all over the world and this is the first chance to show U.S. audiences what they can do and inspire younger generations of American aviation enthusiasts with their precision flying and breathtaking performances. It is a costly investment to support this Jet Team and I am grateful that our headquarters in Switzerland value Breitling's involvement in the American world of Aviation enough to share the Breitling Jet Team with us in the United States."
The precision and skill demonstrated by the team personifies Breitling's ties to aviation. Since developing onboard 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. Other favorites among pilots are the Aerospace watch, which was launched in 1985, and the innovative Emergency timepiece with a built-in transmitter that was originally introduced in 1995 and was recently updated to a new version that will launch in 2014 and is the world's first wristwatch with a dual frequency locator beacon.
"Bringing the Breitling Jet Team to the United States is very exciting and will be greatly anticipated by the large contingent of aviation and airshow enthusiasts in this country. I am looking forward to working with Breitling on this project. We had such great success with Jetman last year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada in 2013. This is another opportunity to make a positive impact on aviation in the U.S.," said Sue Gardner, National Aviation Events Specialist and Air Show Coordinator of the FAA General Aviation and Commercial Division AFS-800.
The Breitling Jet Team will perform at the world-famous EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and then also at the National Championship Air Races in Reno.
"The Breitling Jet Team represents all that we strive for in the air show industry: professionalism, showmanship, precision. Their U.S. tour in 2015 is one of the most important developments in our industry in the last 20 years," said John Cudahy, President of International Council of Air Shows (ICAS).
About Breitling Jet Team
The world's largest professional civilian flight team performing on jets, the Breitling Jet Team is a group of seven highly skilled pilots who have trained together for nearly a decade, and can fly within a few feet of each other at speeds of over 500 miles per hour with up to 8G accelerations. The team is internationally recognized for their talent in aerial formations and sequences. Each year, the jet team performs at over fifty shows around the world. In 2013, the Breitling Jet Team was the first civilian jet display team to complete a tour encompassing Asia, Russia and Europe. To see footage of the Jet Team's flights, please visit http://bit.ly/1cxL2uv .
A specialist of technical watches, Breitling has played a crucial role in the development of the wrist chronograph and is a leader in this complication. Léon Breitling founded the company in 1884 in St. Imier, Switzerland, and chose to devote himself to the exclusive and demanding field of chronographs and timers. Breitling developed the first independent chronograph pushpiece in 1915 and then added the second pushpiece in 1934 to complete the final configuration of the modern chronograph. In 1969, the brand introduced the first selfwinding chronograph movement. Today Breitling is the world's only major watch brand to equip all its models with chronometer-certified movements, the ultimate token of precision. Breitling is one of the rare companies to produce its own mechanical chronograph movement, entirely developed and manufactured in its state-of-the-art workshops with its quality guaranteed by an unprecedented five-year warranty. This family business is also one of the last remaining independent Swiss watch brands, celebrating its 130-year anniversary this year in 2014.