As sequestration continues to affect the U.S. military's ability to perform at air shows and participate in flyovers, civilian-owned Black Diamond Jet Team is stepping in as an alternative for professional and college-level sports teams, as well as other organizations looking to book a flyover for an upcoming event.
Black Diamond Jet Team, based in Lakeland, Fla., has performed at dozens of air shows and performed numerous flyovers since it was founded in 2010. The team has seen an increase in demand for flyover appearances since sequestration, recently performing a five-ship flyover as part of an elaborate grand opening event for Transformers: The Ride-3D at Universal Studios in Orlando. Black Diamond Jet Team has already booked additional air show appearances and event flyovers for the coming months and encourages universities, National Football League teams and other organizations looking to replace traditional military flyovers to consider the aerobatic jet team as an alternative option.
The Black Diamond Jet Team includes five L-39s and a Canadair CT-33.