FARMINGDALE, N.Y., Feb. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team, the leading vintage airshow performance squadron, announces their 2020 airshow season schedule. The team's six WWII-era aircraft will perform an 18-minute, low-level precision-flying demonstration at numerous airshows throughout the year. Their season kicks off March 28-29 at the Tampa Bay AirFest at the MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL.
"Airshow spectators and aviation enthusiasts will witness our 'warbirds' perform a dynamic demonstration designed by team members who served in the U.S. military," says Larry Arken, squadron commander and team flight lead. "We look forward to introducing this season's tactical flight maneuvers alongside other top premier military and civilian performers."
The 2020 GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team schedule includes the following:
- Mar 28-29 Tampa Bay AirFest – MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL
- May 2-3 Fort Lauderdale Air Show – Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL
- May 16-17 Power in the Pines Open House & Air Show – Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ
- May 23-24 Bethpage Air Show - Jones Beach, NY
- June 13-14 Ocean City Air Show – Ocean City, MD
- June 20-21 Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show – Quonset Point Air National Guard Base, North Kingstown, RI
- July 20-26 AirVenture Oshkosh – Oshkosh, WI
- Aug 15-16 Chicago Air and Water Show – Chicago, IL
- Aug 22-23 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Armed Forces Air Show – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport Avoca, PA
- Aug 26 Atlantic City Air Show - Thunder Over The Boardwalk – Atlantic City, NJ
- Sept 9-14 Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show - Baltimore, MD
- Sept 19-20 NAS Oceana Air Show – Norfolk, VA
- Oct 31-Nov 1 Lockheed Martin Space and Air Show – Orlando, FL
- Nov 6-8 Stuart Air Show – Stuart, FL
ABOUT THE AIRCRAFT (SNJ)
- The GEICO Skytypers fly six WWII SNJs, the Navy's equivalent of the Texas T-6. Both trainer aircraft were used to prepare pilots of "'The Greatest Generation" for combat.
- In 1940-41, the SNJ was built as an advanced WWII military training aircraft designed to perform all the maneuvers of a fighter plane at slower speeds.
- The aircraft is powered by a 600-horsepower Pratt and Whitney engine.
- The GEICO Skytypers' low-level precision-flying demonstration was designed by team members who served in the United States military.
- The GEICO Skytypers "skytype" by creating giant messages in the sky with five aircraft flying in a tight, line-abreast formation.
- The planes skytype by coordinating dot matrix-style messages with environmentally friendly puffs of white smoke.
- A computer located in the lead aircraft sends radio signals to the other planes and their white puffs of smoke create the "skytyped" messages that are often as tall as the Empire State Building and seen from a 15-mile radius.
ABOUT THE GEICO SKYTYPERS
The GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team, the leading vintage airshow performance squadron, fly six WWII SNJ aircraft, the North American SNJ built for the Navy, the Air Forces T-6 variant. Both trainer aircraft were used to prepare pilots of "The Greatest Generation" for WWII combat. The team performs a low-level, precision-flying demonstration featuring tactics and maneuvers designed by team members who served in the United States military. In addition to their air show performances, the team "skytype" giant messages in the sky. Five aircraft fly in a line-abreast formation to produce 1,000-foot tall messages that can be seen for 15 miles in any direction. For more information, please visit www.geicoskytypers.com.
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