British watch brand Bremont has sponsored World War II display team the Horsemen, which will now be known as the Bremont Horsemen.
The Bremont Horsemen will take to the skies this month at Duxford with its first ever display in tribute to the US pilots who flew with the Eagle squadrons during World War II. The team will fly a four-ship across the UK and US that comprises a Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire, Curtiss P-47 Thunderbolt and North American P-51 Mustang.
Bremont co-founder Nick English said: “[Bremont co-founder] Giles [English] and I grew up around vintage aircraft and it still forms a large part of our lives. There has always been a great synergy between time and flying – in both cases mechanical machinery tuned and maintained to perfection. The margins for error flying these historic aircraft in such close proximity to each other are minute.”
The Horsemen team was founded more than a decade ago as the world’s only P-51 Mustang formation aerobatic team and has since moved into flying other platforms in location including F8F Bearcats, F4U Corsairs and Spitfires. The planes will be flown by Bremont Horesemen team leader Dan Friedkin, Ed Shipley and Steve Hinton with British pilot Paul Bonhomme joining the crew for this event.
Friedkin said: “Bremont shares out passion for historic aviation and the desire to celebrate our combat history through the display of fighter aircraft. This partnership offers a unique opportunity for Bremont, the aviation-inspired watchmaker, and The Horsemen, the world’s only P-51 Mustang aerobatic team, to capitalise on our natural alignment. As a team, we look forward to flying the Bremont colours in our performances across the globe.”