The Breitling Jet Team is the worlds largest professional civilian flight team performing with jets. Located in France, this is their first North American tour.
These are smaller jets than the Thunderbirds were flying. This formation is called Calypso.
The B1 formation
The aircraft they are flying are Czech made Albatross L-39C twin seat military training jets with a speed of 405 knots in level flight, 490 in a dive!
This maneuver with the one flying rolls over the other four is called the Apache Roll
With four flying one way at 400 kts. and two the opposite way at 400 kts. makes for an interesting maneuver, better be on the ball with a combined closing speed of 800 kts!
Obviously since this is their first North American tour, I had never seen them perform before. This was a special treat and one of the main reasons I didn’t want to miss this years show!
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