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Patriots Jet Demonstration Team
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The PATRIOTS Jet Demonstration Team announced at the 2005 International Council of Air Shows Convention in Orlando Florida that they are adding a 4th jet for the 2006 Air Show season and will be performing on the West Coast with a 4 ship “ Diamond” Jet Demonstration Team.
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Airshows America currently owns four flying L-39’s with three more L-39’s in the process of restoration to air show status, as well as numerous other Military Jets and Aerobatic aircraft.
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The PATRIOTS air show routine lasts 20 minutes and consists of beautifully choreographed maneuvers such as the diamond formation loops and rolls followed by the faster paced solo part of the show where each PATRIOT aircraft performs individual maneuvers such as Opposing Loops, the Cuban Eight, Vertical Rolls, as well as the PATRIOTS signature maneuver “The Tail Slide” and much more.
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The PATRIOTS aircraft are 1983 L-39 Ex-Military Jets with only about 1000 hours of flight time since new. The L-39 only weighs 7200 pounds empty, is powered by a modern turbo-fan engine producing 4000 pounds of thrust, has a pressurized air conditioned cockpit, is 40 feet long and has a 31 foot wingspan.
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The PATRIOTS pilots have many years of air show and aerobatic competition in their backgrounds. Lead Pilot Dean “Wilber” Wright is currently a USAF Lt. Col. flying the F-117 Stealth fighter pilot out of Holloman AFB, NM and former lead solo pilot for the USAF “Thunderbirds” flying the F-16. Left Wingman John Posson is a current Airline Captain and has competed in aerobatics for the past 12 years in the unlimited category. Right Wingman Vlady Chetverous has a Military fighter background and was the right wingman for the 9 Ship Soviet Union Jet Demonstration Team. Slot Pilot Paul “Sticky” Strickland is currently a USAF Colonel and is a former slot pilot for the USAF “Thunderbirds” flying the F-16. Announcer and Media pilot Jon “Jughead “ Counsell is currently a USAF Maj. Flying the F-15 Eagle out of Mountain Home Air Force Base, ID.
 
 
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