Philadelphia Team Jets

Challenger CL-600-2B16, N604JJ, Phillies, departing PHL runway 27L, 12/23/2019

Story and photos by Don Linn

Editor’s note: This story ran just before the NFL Championship game in February, 2023

Philadelphia sports teams, as do all other major teams, use their team jets to recruit high value players and coaches. Sending the team jets to their hometown and fly them back to Philadelphia to visit the stadium, meet key personnel, or a quick tour of the city’s historical districts, giving them the “star” treatment all in an effort to sign that valuable player or coach that could give them a winning season, or better still a championship.

BD-500-1A11, N468KL, Eagles, departing Philadelphia (PHL), 23 Dec 2019

Two examples I captured on departure from PHL are Philadelphia Eagles’ Bombardier BD-700-A11, in a striking green and white scheme with the Philadelphia Eagles logo adorning the tail. It boasts a spacious interior with fourteen passenger capacity.

Challenger CL-600-2B16, N604JJ, Phillies, departing PHL runway 27L, 12/23/2019

The other is the Philadelphia Phillies 2005 Bombardier Challenger CL-600-2B16, N604JJ, in a bright all white scheme with red Phillies logo. Both jets were caught departing PHL a few days before Christmas, during the early afternoon on sunny Monday 23 December 2019.

Ken Kula

Assignment and Content Editor, writer and photographer A New Englander all of my life, I've lived in New Hampshire since 1981. My passion for all things aviation began at a very early age, and I coupled this with my interest of photography during college in the late 1970s. I spent 35 years in the air traffic control industry, and concurrently, enjoyed my aviation photography and writing adventures, which continue today. I've been quite fortunate to have been mentored by some generous and gifted individuals. I enjoy contributing to this great site and working with some very knowledgeable and equally passionate aviation followers.

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