Who knew that dragons also migrate for the winter? The Breitling Wingwalkers, Breitling Jet Team and Jetman are headed to Asia this winter—to Zhuhai, China, in fact. The watch brand made a name for itself crafting watches that went above and beyond for pilots, and now they’re going to show the world their dedication to the world of aviation during the Airshow China 2012 event.
The Breitling Jet Team has been active since 2003 and is the largest civilian aerobatic display team based out of Europe. Known for their tight maneuvers and formations, the team is also among one of the most engaged air teams in the world.
The Breitling Wingwalkers are a completely different sort of aeronautical entertainment. Whereas the Breitling Jet Team focuses on the acrobatics of the planes themselves, the Wingwalkers focus on human acrobatics on the wings—hence their name. The team performs loops and rolls, even handstands at speeds of 150 mph!
As for the famous Jetman, you may recognize the name Yves Rossy. Dubbed the “Jetman” for his rocketeer pack, Rossy has flown over the Grand Canyon, the Rio Grande, and even alongside the Breitling Wingwalkers and Breitling Jet Team! A Swiss pilot and inventor, Rossy has modified jet engines to accommodate his frame and is the first person to fly using a jetpack. His adjustments to the device have allowed him to remain in flight for 20 minutes at a time—a huge accomplishment!
All three Breitling air groups will participate in the Airshow China events, and plan to remain in Asia for the remainder of 2013.
“While we are here we want to make the most of our opportunities, we will miss the European 2013 season,” said Jacques Bothelin of the Breitling Jet Team, “but it will be exciting to explore new countries and display to new crowds. We’ll be back in Europe early 2014 with some great experiences to relay.”
While the Wingwalkers’ aircraft and supplies is being shipped to Zhuhai, a city in the Guangdong province, the Breitling Jet Team has had to fly their jets over Europe, through Russia and into China on their own. The trip proved no hardship for the experience pilots and the jets landed safely on October 17.
“We certainly had a taste of the Siberian winter!” posted Breitling Jet Team leader Bothelin on the BJT Facebook page. “IT has been a unique and remarkable flight crossing landscapes [that] we as a team have never seen before.”