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 Jet Team


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Each appearance of the Breitling Jet Team, the world's only professional civilian flight team performing on jets, is a breathtaking vision. A meticulously coordinated ballet in which the planes sometimes fly within less than 3 meters of each other, at speeds of almost 700 km/h and with up to 8G accelerations - thus embodying the very essence of daring, speed and precision.

This flight team unique in its kind - newly kitted out in black and dark grey colors - is made up of seven extremely fast and powerful L-39C Albatros Czech-made twin-seater military training jets. The pilots are all extremely experienced professionals, most of them from the French air force, or from the Patrouille de France. Each year, the Breitling Jet Team performs around fifty demonstrations throughout Europe at air shows, Formula 1 Grand Prix races, sports events, etc. The team has its own mechanics, responsible for guaranteeing the availability of the planes and safety at shows thank to extremely meticulous maintenance. In all, a dozen people work full time to enable the Breitling Jet Team to perform, representing a unique alliance of professionalism and passion. At the Buochs event, the Breitling Jet Team gives a daily show featuring the most spectacular figures. Pilots then take passengers for acrobatic flights in formation - a unique opportunity to discover the thrills of aerobatics in a jet plane.



Jetman


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Hurtling through the air at over 200 km/h with a rigid wing equipped with four jet engines: such is the incredible feat achieved by Swiss aviator Yves Rossy, and which has earned him the nickname "Jetman". This bird-man, inventor, accomplished athlete and professional airline pilot is a worthy heir to the "magnificent men in their flying machines" who made their mark on the early years of flight.

One day when stuck in a tree during his childhood, Yves Rossy vowed to himself that "When I grow up, I going to be a pilots". Pilots with an s, because his desire to fly was already combined by a thirst for multiple adventures and a love of thrills. Today, he has fulfilled his dream and written his name forever in the aeronautical history books.

Born in Switzerland in 1959, Yves Rossy served from the age of 20 to 28 as a professional military pilot flying Hunter, Tiger F-5 and Mirage III supersonic fighter planes. From 1988 to 2000, he was a co-pilot with Swissair, and since then has been working as a captain for Swiss International Airlines.

In parallel with his professional career, he soon began exploring various ways of cleaving the skies: skydiving, freefalling, skysurfing, hang-gliding, paragliding, acrobatics in a biplane, etc. He made a name for himself through several somewhat crazy stunts such as a flight with his hands tied to the wings of two planes; or a skysurf jump from a hot-air balloon. He has also proved himself a multi-talented athlete, whose achievements include doing a tour of Switzerland in a day using 25 successive means of locomotion (plane, motorbike, snowboard, ski, climbing, paragliding, mountain-biking, bungy-jumping, helicopter flight, freefalling, rafting, hydrospeed, kayak, sports car, hang-gliding, horse-riding, barefoot, water-skiing, wakeboard, speed boat, etc.).

Blessed with a daring and inventive mind, Yves Rossy has always wanted to develop new flight techniques and has tried out all kinds of various "airborne devices". In 2002, an inflatable wing enabled him to cross the 12-kilometer stretch between the Swiss and French shores of Lake Léman. But another challenge had already begun to form in his mind: that of becoming the world's first ever "jet-propelled flying man" thanks to a wing equipped with jet engines. After his first inconclusive attempts with an inflatable wing, he designed a rigid folding carbon-fiber wing. In June 2004, he made a first six-minute horizontal flight with two jet engines. Two years later, equipped with four jet engines, he was able to ascend in mid-flight for the very first time.

On September 26th 2008, Yves Rossy made history by crossing the Channel with his jet-powered wing - 99 years after Blériot's legendary feat. After a drop-off over Calais (France) from a Pilatus Porter plane, he plunged several hundred meters at a speed of over 300 km/h, before deploying and stabilizing his wing and heading at around 200 km/h towards the English coast. Apart from his wing, his only equipment consisted of a helmet, a wristworn altimeter, a chronograph to monitor his fuel consumption, a gas handle to give extra power - and his own body to change direction and altitude. 9 minutes and 41 seconds later, he touched down by parachute in a field near Dover (United Kingdom), filmed by reporters from around the world.

After designing a new single wing that is both smaller and more stable, Jetman is brimming with new plans, including crossing the Grand Canyon in Colorado. So as to accomplish his feats even closer to spectators, he is also working on developing a pyrotechnical parachute that will enable him to perform at less than 200 meters above ground level. All of which provides him with even more ways of becoming pilots with an s.



Breitling 
 Super Constellation


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For all aviation enthusiasts, the Lockheed Super Constellation remains one of the finest symbols of the conquest of the skies. Equipped with four ultra-powerful "turbo-compound" engines, this magnificent long-haul propeller plane dominated civil aviation in the 1950s by asserting itself as the "king of the Atlantic", capable of crossing the ocean without any stop-overs. It served the world's greatest airlines during this period, setting new standards of comfort and luxury. Not to mention its incomparable silhouette with its aerodynamic dolphin-shaped fuselage and triple vertical stabilizer tail-fins. The Breitling Super Constellation "Star of Switzerland" is one of the last three "Super Connies" in flightworthy condition in the world, and the only one based in Europe. Built in 1955, it flew 17 years for the American air force, before beginning a second civilian career. It was restored in the 1990s by a group of passionate devotees and made its grand European comeback in 2004. Since then, it regularly takes part in various air shows, and each of its appearances is greeted with enthusiasm by spectators of all ages. In supporting this project, Breitling is committed to safeguarding an authentic flying legend that also bears incomparably eloquent testimony to the golden age of propeller planes.



Breitling 
 DC-3


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The Douglas DC-3 twin-engine propeller aircraft first took off in 1935, at a time when Breitling was supplying civilian and military planes with its first onboard chronographs. Thanks to its peerless performances, its sturdiness, its low fuel consumption and its long-range capabilities, it revolutionized the world of air transport by enabling for the first time reliable and profitable commercial flights with a minimum of stop-overs. At the end of 1930s, most of the major American and European companies were equipped with this model. During World War II, the DC-3 - particularly in its Dakota version - played a key role in troop transport. Nicknamed "the landing plane", it experienced its moment of fame in June 1944 by serving to tow countless gliders and dropping thousands of paratroopers on the coasts of Normandy. General Eisenhower even paid it a glowing tribute by defining it as one of the four "pillars" of the victory in Africa and in Europe. The DC-3 HB-IRJ flying the Breitling colors was produced in 1940 for American Airlines. Despite clocking up 75,000 flight hours, it has been maintained in exceptionally good condition. Purchased in the United States and restored in Miami, it was then transported to Europe, where it takes part in various aviation events. Thanks to its perfectly equipped cabin, it can be used at Buochs for passenger flights.



Breitling 
 Wingwalkers


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The Breitling Wingwalkers bring together within a truly stunning show two different types of aerobatics: one with planes flying in formation, and another with two acrobats perched on the center of the upper wing and performing a synchronized choreography - in full flight and in mid-sky. This is a fascinating way of recalling the famous "barnstormers", the teams of pilots and stuntmen who performed all over the place in the period between the two world wars. This formation that is unique in the world has already made a name for itself by displaying its blend of daring and precision at countless shows around Europe, as well as on other continents. The two planes used for the performances are 1940s open-cockpit Boeing Stearman biplanes, featuring the beautiful characteristic sound of their 450 HP engines and a smoke trail system that underscores their movements. In Buochs, in addition to their daily aerobatics performances, the Breitling Wingwalkers also take passengers firmly attached to the upper wing of the biplane for flights amid the mountains at speeds of around 185 km/h. A less acrobatic experience than their usual shows - but a nonetheless highly original and spectacular way of cleaving through the air like a bird.