Jupiter Aerobatic Team

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The "Jupiter Aerobatic Team" is the current Indonesian Air Force aerobatic display team flying with six KT-1B Woong Bee aircraft painted in red and white. The team is drawn from the Skadik (Skadron Pendidikan / Training Squadron) 102, at Adisutjipto AFB, Yogyakarta. The Jupiter team aircraft are equipped with white smoke generators. The pilots of the "Jupiter Aerobatic Team (JAT)" are all instructors. The team is named "JUPITER" after the "call-sign" of TNI AU (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara / Indonesian Air Force) instructors.

 

History

In 1996, a new Indonesian Air Force aerobatic team was formed and equipped with eight Hawk Mk.53 planes from Skadik 103. This team was named "Jupiter" and they performed for the first time on Sept 23, 1997. In 2001, the team became "Jupiter Blue" after merging together with the "Elang Biru" team.

The "Jupiter Aerobatic Team" (JAT) was re-formed in 2008, using 4 Korean Aerospace KT-1B Woong Bee trainers. This new team's first public show was on July 4, 2008 in Yogyakarta and their second show was in Jakarta in November 2008.

In 2010, after two years of stagnation, JAT began a training program with help from Australian "Roulettes" display team. In September 2010, two JAT pilots were sent to Australia to observe and practice flying maneuvers together with the "Roulettes" at their home base in East Sale, Victoria, Australia. On Nov 8, 2010, the "Roulettes" then performed in Halim Air Force Base, Jakarta in which six JAT members each had the opportunity to fly in the back seat of the "Roulettes" PC-9s during their practice.

In 2011, the JAT increased to six aircraft in the formation and also received a new red-white color livery similar to the colors of the Indonesian flag. The first demonstration with this new six-ship composition was on March 16, 2011 in Yogyakarta at the launching of the new livery ceremony by the Indonesian AF. Their second airshow was on April 9 in Jakarta at the TNI AU's 65th anniversary and their third was on April 17, 2011, again in Yogyakarta.

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