GEICO Skytypers Airshow Team Announces 2019 Season Performance Schedule
FARMINGDALE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 31, 2019--The GEICO Skytypers Airshow Team, the leading vintage airshow performance squadron, announces their 2019 airshow season schedule. At 15 airshows across the country, the team’s six WWII-era aircraft will perform an 18-minute, low-level precision-flying demonstration. Their season kicks-off April 6-7 at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-in and Expo in Lakeland, FL.
“Event attendees can expect a new, dynamic demonstration that displays the capabilities of the pilots showing what these ‘warbirds’ are made of,” says Larry Arken, squadron commander and team flight lead. “Airshow spectators and aviation enthusiasts won’t want to miss our new routine at 15 airshows across the country.”
The 2019 GEICO Skytypers Airshow Team schedule includes the following:
ABOUT THE AIRCRAFT
The GEICO Skytypers fly six SNJs powered by 600-horsepower Pratt and Whitney engines. As a training aircraft, the SNJ can perform all the maneuvers of a fighter plane at slower speeds. The historic sound of the vintage engines fills the air as the team exhibits more than 20 different tactical maneuvers during its 18-minute, low-level flying demonstration.
“’The Greatest Generation’ pilots trained in the SNJ to prepare for WWII combat,” says Steve Kapur, pilot and squadron marketing officer. “We are grateful to GEICO for giving us the opportunity to bring this show to our fans across North America.”
The “Skytypers” portion of the team name stems from their proprietary manner of creating giant messages in the sky. Five aircraft fly in a tight, line-abreast formation; the planes coordinate in typing dot matrix-style messages with environmentally friendly puffs of white smoke. A computer located in the lead aircraft utilizes a custom programmed tablet to send commands to the other planes via radio signals. The result is astonishing to behold. Messages can be seen from 15 miles away in any direction with 20-25 characters generated in less than two minutes. Individual letters can be as tall as the Empire State Building. For more information, please visit www.geicoskytypers.com
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