Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival

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The Hoppers L-39 Jet Warbird Team

Battle Creek's own Tim Brutsche will take to his hometown skies this summer in his Soviet Bloc L-39 Albatros. He will not be alone, however, as he will be joined by Hopper teammates to perform a SPECTACULAR L-39 Jet Team performance. 

The Czech Built L-39 Albatros flown by Tim BrutscheThe L-39 is one of the most popular jet warbirds in the United States. The aircraft was built by the Czechoslovakian Aero Vodochody in the 1960s to replace the L-29 Delfin. The aircraft was the first of the second-generation jet trainers and the first to use a turbofan engine. The aircraft began mass production in 1971 and concluded production in 1999. It experienced service in many locations around the world (some still using L-39s) including the Soviet Air Force, Czechoslovak Air Force, Libyan Air Force, Royal Thai Air Force and many others. Here in the United States however, they are all civilian owned.

Battle Creek Native Tim BrutscheTim "Dawg" Brutsche is the owner and president of Brutsche Concrete. He has been flying for 34 years (12 of those in jets) and holds an ATP commercial pilots license as well as an instrument rating. Over the years, he has accrued over 5800 hours of flying. Dawg loves encouraging kids to follow their dreams. This is proven by his 28 year volunteer check pilot and instructing service he has done with the Civil Air Patrol. Tim is married to wife Beth-Franklin Brutsche and resides in Battle Creek.

The Hoppers performance in Battle Creek will consist of amazing maneuvers that showcase what the L-39 was capable of in both training and attack settings. It's a demonstration that will surely be amazing. From solo passes to formation passes, this is a demonstration that has become well known with the Field of Flight since the Hoppers began performing here many years ago.

Don't miss this performance on July 4th, 5th & 6th.

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