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GEICO SKYTYPERS RETURN TO NAS OCEANA FOR THE 2016 NAS OCEANA AIR SHOW
(AUGUST, 2016) – The world-famous GEICO Skytypers will perform during the 2016 Oceana Air Show at NAS Oceana on September 10-11. The team’s six vintage SNJ training aircraft will roar over air show crowds in a low-level precision-flying demonstration honoring service members of the “Greatest Generation.” The routine includes combat tactics and maneuvers that helped control the skies during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
“A majority 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 Farmingdale, 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-foot-tall 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 Ocena Air Show will take place on September 10-11 at NAS Oceana. Gates open at 8am on Saturday and Sundaywith aerial demonstrations starting at 10:30am. In addition to the GEICO Skytypers, the air show will feature performances by the Black Daggers Parachute Jump Team, Bob Carlton, Scott Yoak, the Shockwave Jet Truck, the F/A-18C Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet and F-22 Raptor military demonstration teams with headliners, the US Navy Blue Angels. The air show is free and open to the public.
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 planeside. Organizations interested in partnering with the GEICO Skytypers can request an appearance by emailing the team’s public affairs contact at email@example.com.
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For parking, directions and more information for the NAS Oceana Air Show, please visit https://oceanaairshow.