GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team Added to 2013 Wings Over North Georgia

ROME, Ga., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The world famous GEICO Skytypers will be performing at the 2013 Wings Over North Georgia air show, JLC AirShow Management announced today. The GEICO Skytypers are a squadron of six vintage World War II airplanes performing precision flight maneuvers at air shows across the United States.

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Sponsored by GEICO, the Skytypers will be performing aerobatic maneuvers and skytyping giant messages while visiting North Georgia this fall. There are only 11 SNJ-2 aircraft still in existence and the Skytypers fly six of them. Their show consists of low-level, precision formation flying combined with a thrilling aeronautical demonstration highlighting the unique capabilities of the aircraft.

North Georgia residents will also have a chance to see "skytyping" for the first time. Skytyping is quite different from traditional skywriting. Five of the six planes fly line abreast while typing dot matrix style messages in the sky. The lead aircraft utilizes a custom programmed computer with specialized radio commands to signal the other aircraft to release puffs of environmentally safe smoke at various intervals. Skytyping is 17 times faster than skywriting and produces a letter every four seconds. The messages are as tall as the Empire State Building, can be up to eight miles wide, are visible up to 15 miles in any direction, or nearly 400 square miles, and remain readable for up to 15 minutes.

"Moving past the government sequestration challenges, our show's lineup and family attractions are now one of the strongest in the nation," said John Cowman, president of JLC AirShow Management. "By adding the GEICO Skytypers to the lineup with the Black Diamond Jet and AeroStars formation teams, we have three major civilian demonstration teams scheduled to perform. There will be non-stop aerial excitement all weekend around Rome's Richard B. Russell Regional Airport."

In addition to the GEICO Skytypers, there are more than 15 civilian aerobatic and ground performers, classic warbirds, music and family attractions planned for Wings Over North Georgia, including the Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned Smoke-n-Thunder BBQ Classic competition. The full lineup of performers, attractions and ticket options are available online at Guests can register to receive updates and other air show information. Wings Over North Georgia can also be found on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+.


JLC AirShow Management

CONTACT: John Cowman
Email, 706-291-0030

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