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GEICO Skytypers to Perform During the 2018 Air Power Over Hampton Roads on May 18-20
Submitted by Brenda Little

GEICO imageJB LANGLEY-EUSTIS, VA (MAY 2018)– The world-famous GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team will perform during the 2018 Air Power Over Hampton Roads on May 18-20. The team's six vintage SNJ training aircraft will roar over air show crowds in a low-level, precision-formation flying demonstration honoring service members of the "Greatest Generation." The air show routine includes more than 20 combat tactics and maneuvers that helped control the skies during World War II and the Korean Conflict.

"Most of our team members earned their wings in the military and we always pay tribute to the brave combat pilots who originally trained in our aircraft as well as those currently serving in the Armed Forces," says GEICO Skytypers Commanding Officer Larry Arken. Arken also is the team's flight leader."It is a special privilege to fly these vintage WWII trainers on behalf of GEICO."

The GEICO Skytypers are based in Farmindale, NY, where the 75-year-old planes are maintained by a full-time staff of expert mechanics who travel with the pilots to every air show.

In addition to their air show performances, the SNJs are retrofitted to type giant messages in the sky. Flying wingtip-to-wingtip in a line-abreast formation, the lead plane sends computer signals to each of four other aircraft, synchronizing smoke releases to generate 1,000-foottall messages. Each letter is higher than the Empire State Building and can be formed in three to four seconds.

"People on the ground can see our messages from 15 miles away," says Steve Kapur, the GEICO Skytypers marketing officer. "The messages appear in dot-matrix style, but on a monumental scale and 17 times faster than traditional skywriting."

The gates will open at 5 p.m. on Friday evening and at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will serve as the air show headliners. In addition to the Thunderbirds, other military and civilian performers on the dance card for the air and space expo include: the Air Force F- 22 Raptor Demo Team, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Matt Younkin, Rob Holland, the Shockwave Jet Truck, Bob Carlton's Subsonex MicroJet, and many more!

The Skytypers also are actively involved with children's charities and youth organizations. The team conducts presentations at youth centers, schools, hospitals, Boys and Girls Clubs, community groups, ROTC programs, and veterans' facilities. The team also hosts some of these events plane-side. Organizations interested in partnering with the GEICO Skytypers can request an appearance by emailing the team's public affairs contact at geicopao@skytyping.com.

For more information on the GEICO Skytypers, visit http://www.geicoskytypers. comFor tickets, parking, directions, and additional information for the Air Power Over Hampton Roads Air Show, visit https://www.airpoweroverhamptonroads.com.

 





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