Patriots Jet Team

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Patriots Jet Demonstration Team
Patriots Jet team.jpg
Patriots at 2009 Aviation Nation
Active 2003–present
Country Flag of the United States.svg United States
Branch Civilian
Role Aerobatic jet demonstration team
Size 7 demo pilots, 25+ volunteers
Colors Red
Patriots Jet Team 4-Ship Logo.jpg
Aircraft flown
Fighter 2 - Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17
*Note – aircraft not currently used in demonstrations
Trainer 8 – Aero L-39C Albatros (two seat)
*Note – two aircraft are spares
Transport 1 – Sabreliner 60
1 – Sabreliner 60SC
Transports for additional crew
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 the western United States of America. The team currently[when?] 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 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. In 2010, the Patriots Jet Team expanded to a six-ship aerobatic formation team.[1]

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


Patriots Jet Team fleet
Aircraft In fleet
Aero L-39 Albatros 8
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 2
Rockwell Sabreliner 60 1
Rockwell Sabreliner 60SC 1
Total 12


  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. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Bartholomew, Ben (August 2, 2011). "Soaring With The Patriots". The Wheatland Citizen. Archived from the original on September 12, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2011.

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