PRESS RELEASE – Breitling is proud to announce that the Breitling Jet Team has announced its tour dates for 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 435 mph, and have flown across 36 countries all over the world to-date.The Breitling Jet Team will begin their tour at Sun n’ Fun in Lakeland, FL, with stops in Maryland, the Jones Beach Air Show in NY, the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI, SeaFair in Seattle, WA, and the National Championship Air Races in Reno, NV. For the full schedule, please visit www.breitling-jet- team.com.“We are thrilled to announce the 2015 schedule for the Breitling Jet Team,” said Breitling USA President Thierry Prissert. “It will be the first time North American audiences will have a chance to see them, and witness the precision and unmatched skill that goes into their display. They are the epitome of Breitling; pilots who are dedicated to their craft and constantly pushing the envelope with their daring maneuvers.”
The Jet Team recently completed their year-long European tour, which included performances in Italy, Germany, France, and Poland. Highlights from the 2014 European tour included the team’s first time at the ILA Berlin Air Show, a rare privilege afforded to a civilian team, and flying with the Frecce Tricolori at the Fly for Peace event, which was organized to promote peace and human rights. Previously, the Breitling Jet Team flew east on the Breitling Dragon Tour, which included stops in Mongolia, China, South East Asia, South Korea, and Japan.“It is wonderful to be here at the ICAS convention in Las Vegas to make the announcement,” says Jacques Bothelin, Captain of the Breitling Jet Team. “We are so excited to share our performances with North American fans and show them what we can do – and Las Vegas is an incredible city; there is nowhere else like it.”
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.
ABOUT THE BREITLING JET TEAM:
In order to share its passion for aviation with a broad audience, Breitling created the Breitling Jet Team. With its fast and powerful aircraft piloted by flying aces, this unique aerobatics team illustrates the brand’s cherished values: performance, precision, aesthetic sophistication and innovation. The team performs a rapid-fire succession of figures that are perfectly calculated, mastered, synchronized and fine-tuned down to the smallest detail. The unique Breitling Jet Team performs around fifty demonstrations at air shows, sporting events and private appearances. A meticulous performance where the aircraft fly within 10 feet of each other, at speeds of almost 435mph and with up to 8G accelerations embodying the very essence of daring, speed and audacity.
ABOUT BREITLING: 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.