Oregon International Air Show 2016: Breitling Jet Team

Breitling Jet Team North American Tour LogoAll the way from Dijon, France the Breitling Jet Team is the largest civilian aerobatic display team in Europe and they delivered the goods at the Oregon International Air Show at Hillsboro Airport near Portland, Oregon this year. The team flies seven (plus a spare) Czech designed and built Aero L-39 Albatros jets (formerly an Eastern Bloc military jet trainer) that sport a smart-looking Breitling livery of black, anthracite gray and metal gray plus huge tail numbers that really makes them stand out in the sky!  They are conducting a flying air show tour across the United States and Canada this summer.

The pilots are vastly experienced in aerobatic flying and were mostly former French Air Force fighter pilots who know the meaning of speed and precision. Just as you would expect, the French are elegant showmen and their display is smooth, well-coordinated and a stunning performance of precision formation flying. This was the first time I had seen the Breitling Jet Team and I was suitably impressed. Vive la France!

Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
7 of the best at the Oregon International Air Show 2016

Pre-Flight

Breitling Jet Team 1-7 Oregon International Air Show 2016
Breitling Jet Team 1-7
Breitling L-39 7
Breitling Jet 7 just needs a pilot
Former combat jet pilot Patrick Marchand (“Gaston”) is aboard Breitling Jet 7
Former combat jet pilot Patrick Marchand (“Gaston”) is aboard Breitling Jet 7
Former combat jet pilot Patrick Marchand (“Gaston”) is aboard Breitling 7
Ready to go
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Rolling

The Take-Off

Breitling 1, 2 & 4 ready for take-off Oregon International Air Show 2016
Breitling 1, 2 & 4 ready for take-off (Mt. Hood is visible in the background)
Breitling 3 & 5 ready for take-off Oregon International Air Show 2016
Breitling 3 & 5 ready for take-off
Breitling 1, 2 & 4 rolling for take-off Oregon International Air Show 2016
Breitling 1, 2 & 4 rolling for take-off
Breitling 6 & 7 rolling for take-off Oregon International Air Show 2016
Breitling 6 & 7 rolling for take-off
Breitling 3 & 5 rolling for take-off with smoke on Oregon International Air Show 2016
Breitling 3 & 5 rolling for take-off with smoke on
Breitling Jet Team take-off Oregon International Air Show 2016
Away they go!
Breitling Jet Team take-off Oregon International Air Show 2016
Smokey launch

Aerial Prowess

First formation pass Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
First formation pass
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Smoke On!
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
All Breitling Jets with the smoke on
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Precision flying
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Head on!
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Stunning smoke effect
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Precise all the way
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Fill the sky with Breitling!
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Pattern perfect
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Follow the leader
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Begin to roll
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Roll left
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
French Prowess
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Coming out of the loop
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Great flying
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
The little Aero L-39 Albatros has some zip!
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Nice!
Breitling Jet Team crossover Oregon International Air Show 2016
Breitling Jet Team crossover
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Barrel roll the pack!
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Head on pass!
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
French Magic!
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
Great show!
Breitling Jet Team Oregon International Air Show 2016
These former French fighter pilots know what they are doing!
Breitling Jet Team final break Oregon International Air Show 2016
Breitling Break!
Breitling Jet Team flare release finale Oregon International Air Show 2016
Flare release finale!

The Return

The Breitling Jet Team Landing after their Saturday performance at the Oregon International Air Show 2016
The Breitling Jet Team Landing after their Saturday performance at the Oregon International Air Show 2016

Breitling Support Team

Running an international aerobatic display of modern jets is expensive and requires a team of mechanics, an aerobatic coach and support staff to keep things running.  Lets pay tribute to the unsung heroes of the team who help keep the birds in the sky to entertain us.

Breitling Jet Team 1-7 Oregon International Air Show 2016
Early in the day – The calm before the storm
Breitling Jet Team Swearingen SA227AC Metro III support aircraft undergoes some engine maintenance at the Oregon International Air Show 2016
Breitling Jet Team Swearingen SA227AC Metro III support aircraft (used for carrying technical and logistic equipment) undergoes some engine maintenance at the Oregon International Air Show
The Breitling ground team await for the jets to return Oregon International Air Show
Unsung Heroes – The Breitling ground team await for the jets to return
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