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Yakovlevs Display Team

Team Yakovlevs flying close formation

Powerful Performance

The Yakovlevs are a hugely impressive 6 ship formation and aerobatic display team.

Flying tight formation displays they have wowed in excess of two billion people over the past 18 years, impressive by anyone’s standards. To command such skill and be able to entertain vast audiences this type of display doesn’t just happen overnight, you have to pull together a team of immensely skilled pilots.

The team are based at Henstridge Airfield in Somerset, so local people are sometimes lucky enough to see the team in the skies above preparing for future events.



Leader of Team Yakovlevs, Jez Hopkinson, in the cockpit wearing his Bigatmo sunglasses

Jez Hopkinson

The owner of the Yakovlevs Display Team is Jez Hopkinson FRAes.

Jez has led the team for more than 18 years and in that time, the team has gone from strength to strength, all starting with Jez buying his first Yak 52 in 1994.

With a couple of his friends they founded the European Yak Club which grew very quickly, becoming well known throughout Europe.

When Jez isn’t too busy as a result of the demanding role he plays with the display team, he relaxes by skydiving or perhaps skiing. Many of his friends will attest to the fact that he’s a demon cook too!

The Yakovlevs Display Team are world renowned for their skill and professionalism and we are very proud that they chose Bigatmo sunglasses as their eyewear provider.