Patriots Jet Team

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Aero L-39 Albatros, Patriots Jet Team No. 4.

The Patriots Jet Team is a civilian aerobatic formation team that performs in air shows across western United States of America. The team currently operates as a six-ship team, flying the Czech-built Aero L-39 Albatros. The Patriots are based in Byron, California.[1]

The team began flying demonstrations in 2003 with just two L-39 aircraft. In the 2004 airshow season a third L-39 was added. With the success of the 2005 season, the Patriots added a fourth jet for the 2006 season. and in 2010 the Patriots Jet Team expanded to a six-ship aerobatic formation team.[1]

The team is owned by former United Airlines pilot Randy Howell[2] It is sponsored by companies including Fry's Electronics and Hot Line Construction, Inc. and supported by a ground crew of more than 25 volunteers.[3]


  1. ^ a b "The Patriots Jet Team". 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ Miguel, Ken (March 29, 2010). "Privately-owned fighter jets take to East Bay skies". KGO-TV. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ Bartholomew, Ben (August 2, 2011). "Soaring With The Patriots". The Wheatland Citizen. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 

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