The GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team will perform at several national air shows during the 2017 season, which kicks off in April and wraps up in November, the group said.
The GEICO Skytypers fly six SNJs powered by 600-horsepower Pratt and Whitney engines. As training aircraft, the SNJ can perform all the maneuvers of a fighter plane, but at slower speeds. The historic sound of the vintage engines fills the air as the team demonstrates more than 20 different tactical maneuvers.
The “Skytypers” portion of the team name stems from its unique style of creating giant messages in the sky. Flying five aircraft in a tight, line-abreast formation, the planes coordinate in typing dot matrix-style messages with environmentally friendly puffs of white smoke. Messages can be seen from 15 miles away with 20-25 characters generated in less than two minutes.
Joining the GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team at select events will be the Miss GEICO offshore racing team. The high-powered catamaran has won eight world championships with its 50-foot Victory watercraft powered by twin 1650 stern drives producing more than 3,300 hp.