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GEICO Skytypers

The World Famous GEICO Skytypers Airshow Team is a flight squadron of six vintage WWII aircraft performing precision flight maneuvers at select airshows across the US. The diverse flying expertise of the team members aligns perfectly with the unique components of their overall performance.

Fast Facts

GEICO Skytypers

• The GEICO Skytypers are a flying unit based in Long Island, NY.
• The team is comprised of 10 pilots who fly World War II-era aircraft.
• The GEICO Skytypers are the only flying unit in the world with the ability to generate giant
skytyped messages AND perform in air shows across the United States.

Aircraft

• The aircraft used by the GEICO Skytypers are the North American SNJ-2s originally built in
1940 and 1941 during World War II.
• Called the T-6 Texan by the Army Air Corps, the Harvard by the RAF, and affectionately known
as “The Pilot Maker” by its crews, the SNJ was designed to transition from basic trainers to
first-line tactical aircraft.
• The planes have been fully restored and specially equipped with modifications for skytyping
missions.

Skytyping

• Flying in a line-abreast formation (side-by-side in a straight line), the GEICO Skytypers’ lead
aircraft carries a custom-designed computer. The computer transmits specialized radio signals
to each specific aircraft at the appropriate time to release puffs of smoke.
• The incoming radio signal causes a valve to release a non-polluting solution into the manifold
that is then steam compressed and forced out of the engine exhaust. The moment the steam
hits the cold air at 10,000 feet, the white “dot-matrix” clouds appear.
• The aircraft fly approximately 250 feet apart to create letters 1,000 feet in height (or as tall as
the Empire State Building) and spanning 6-8 miles in length.
• The messages are visible for 15 miles in any direction and can be seen for approximately 400
square miles.
• Skytyping is 17 times faster than skywriting. A single letter is created every 4 seconds.
Airshow Performance
• The Skytypers perform a low-level, precision flying demonstration that has thrilled spectators all
over the United States.
• The demonstration features maneuvers and formations utilized during WWII.
• Through expert energy management and steady hands, these expert pilots extract every ounce
of performance possible from these wonderful WWII antique aircraft.

GEICO Skytypers – Website