Breitling takes flying to the next level

Breitling takes flying to the next level
21/10/2018 pilotpatrick
breitling takes flying to the next level

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Hello my Aviator,

are you ready for some adrenalin thrust? To operate an Airbus A300 is already cool, but flying aerobatics is even more thrilling. Breitling takes flying to the next level. Their Jet Team invited me to their home base in Dijon, France. I still have to pinch myself that I had the opportunity to go flying with them. Flight tickets are by invitation only that’s why I invite you to go on this experience with me in this blog post. 

 

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Transfer to Dijon

Scenic highway from Geneva to Dijon

The Breitling Jet Team

The Breitling Jet Team invited me to their home base in Dijon to go flying with them. It is the world’s largest civilian flight team performing on jets. To be exact it is a fighter jet trainer L39 Albatros which can also be used for passenger flights. They will take me on a formation and aerobatics flight this unique aerobatics team illustrates the brand’s cherished values: performance, precision, aesthetic sophistication and innovation.

 

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The 85 years old Bücker

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There are no direct flights to Dijon. That is why I had to make a detour via Geneva in Switzerland from where a private transfer took me and Nils my friend and cameraman to Dijon in France. The drive was about 2,5 hours and it was a really scenic winding highway which led us through valleys and high bridges. It looked like a perfect day to go flying. The sky was clear, the sun was shining with temperatures around 22 degrees. What we were about to experience was beyond our imagination.

dijon city center
dijon city center

Check-in

Before heading to the airport, we had to check-in to our hotel in Dijon and we had a little bit of time left to discover the city. Our departure slot was in the afternoon.

Dijon is about three hours south east of Paris and is not only know for this fantastic wines but also for the mustard Dijon. Our luxury 5-star hotel was located right in the city center. (Not recomendable!) It is a really cute and beautiful city. Besides,  old half-timbered houses you can find magnificent buildings. Let me convince you in the first part of my video on my Youtube channel PilotPatrick.

luxury hotel dijon

Hotel bed test! (Not recomendable!)

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It’s time for Breitling

In the beginning of this year (2018) I teamed up with Breitling and I am feeling honored to work with such an exclusive brand. Now this invitation from their Jet Team tops it all. I never thought I would have the opportunity to fly with them one day.

The Breitling Jet Team is the world’s largest civilian flight team performing on jets. The team consists of seven Czech Aero L-39 Albatros jets which are fighter jet trainers that can be used as passenger flights as well. In order to share their passion for aerobatics with a broad audience, they perform at multiple engagements over the year. And now they took me on a flight!

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Mirage fighter jet in the hangar in Dijon

Flying with the Bücker

Besides the jets, the fleet consists of an 85 years old Bücker built in Berlin. It is a beautifully maintained double-decker airplane with two open-air seats. Formerly this historic airplane was used to train pilots for the German air force “Luftwaffe” for the Messerschmitt. Guillaume my pilot explained to me that this aircraft is really famous for pilots because it is really responsive and smooth in the commands. It was a lot of fun to go on a scenic open-air flight and to do aerobatics as well. I was really impressed about the quick maneuvers this old lady could do.

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bücker breilting aircraft
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Let´s fly the jet

Performance, precision, aesthetic sophistication and innovation. That’s what the jet team and Breilting stand for.

After we were outfitted with our flight suit and helmet, we received a safety briefing. This was not standard as you may know it from airlines because of an additional briefing item: The ejection seat. In case your pilot calls  eject eject eject” you were supposed to pull the red handle between your lap to start the sequence. The canopy would come off and you would fly away with the seat and would land safely on the ground with a parachute.

Was I nervous? Not at all, I was rather excited!

Ready for departure! We flew in a formation of four aircraft. My pilot was “Doukey”, who joined the team in 2003 and was a former pilot of the French air force, and we flew in aircraft number three.

The lift-off still gives me goosebumps when thinking about it. After takeoff, we immediately joined the formation from the back. First time coming so close to another flying aircraft is socking, but when you realize how precise they fly and that it is their daily business you feel in safe hands.

The flight was like a ballet with the team leader in front. Sometimes we flew within 3 meters of each other, at speeds of over 700 km/h! A rapid-fire succession of figures was on our flight schedule. Barrel rolls, loopings, and inverted flying took my breath away (in a positive way).

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Time for boarding!

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Your controls

We left the formation for a moment and Doukey advised me that I have the controls now! “Are you serious?” Yes he was so I was in control of the fighter jet. I flew two Barrel rolls and joined the formation again. In the approach phase he gave me the controls again and I flew the traffic pattern with a speed of 250 km/h. I used my knowledge about flying and adapted to this situation. Compared to the big Airbus A300 it was like driving a sports wagon. Shortly prior landing he took over the controls again.

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Squad on a Mission: The Breitling Jet Tem. Can you spot me?

Watch part 2 of the video on YouTube!

For me, it was an aviation dream come true. Nils did not feel so well after the flight. He looked quite pale. But I could not stop smiling. It was an amazing experience to feel the high g-forces, the fast accelerations and decelerations during the maneuvers. A big thanks to the Breitling for sharing with me their passion on that day. It was an unforgettable experience (also for Nils)

Have you had the chance to go on an aerobatic flight?

Safe travels and happy landings

Your PilotPatrick 

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Shiran Abraham

As always your blog is so interesting I always love to read your blog glad to know bout breitling fighter jet . I already watched your action n waiting for your next existing goosebumps feelings action with breitling fight jet … so interesting blog

Vita

This post is very nice !!You are many special!! Congratulazion!!

Liliani Setiawati

Your blog is so informative but I always lost focus in your fashion style. You can even carry “Flying Suit” so stylishly. It looks like a trendy jumpsuit on you. You look totally HOT and MANLY.

Cherryl Chew

Hi Patrick, it was really awesome and super impressive that you could fly an acrobatic. I am really happy for your great achievement. It was such a thrilling and breathtaking experience. I don’t think many people have the opportunity to do so. But l am really glad that you did it and the most important thing is your aviation dream comes true which is really amazing. Haha l don’t think l dare to fly an acrobatic or have any opportunity to do so. But l really enjoy watching you flying the acrobatic and l think it is already great for… Read more »

Lordel Alma

You are Lucky indeed PilotPatrick, many will be jealous of you…i’m one of them… haha… Sharing your amazing experienced with breitling having to fly a fighter jet and able to perforrm aerobatics are definitely a dream come true. I can feel that it will not be your first and last fly with breitling. Have you thought of being a fighter jet pilot in the near future? I can’t wait to see the part 2… I wish its already friday.Sieht gut aus wie immer

Jan

Great blog! It must have been a wonderful experience for you to actually fly one of their jets!! Very impressive Patrick. Xx

Chiara Soldati

I’m impressed about your fearless attitude…. It’s not for everyone to fly aerobatics jets. I totally understand Nils worried mood while it seems you have had only an amazing experience and no worries at all. You’re full of courage and it’s a great quality. I would like to be a passenger on your flight my dear pilot. Go on like this!!!

Agnieszka

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