The world-famous GEICO Skytypers will return to Oshkosh, WI for their second appearance at EAA Airventure. The team made their inaugural performance in the world’s greatest aviation celebration in 2014. The week-long series of events will take place July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport. The team’s six vintage SNJ training aircraft will roar over air show crowds in an 18-minute, low-level precision-flying demonstration honoring service members of the “Greatest Generation” on July 27, 28, and 30. The routine includes 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-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.”
Daily air shows will take place July 25-30 beginning at 2:30pm and 1:00pm on July 31. Tickets can be purchased online http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure/eaa-airventure-tickets. The Royal Canadian Forces Snowbirds will headline the daily air shows on July 29-31. Additional military and world-class, civilian acts s include the Martin Mars (largest flying water bomber), Bob Carlton, Kirby Chambliss, Matt Chapman, Rob Holland, Michael Goulian, US Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team, US Navy F-18 Hornet Demo Team, Kent Pietsch in his Jelly Belly Cub Aircraft, Gene Soucy, the P-51 Mustang flown by Scott Yoak, Jim Tobul’s F4U Corsair 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 planeside. Organizations interested in partnering with the GEICO Skytypers can request an appearance by emailing the team’s public affairs contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the GEICO Skytypers, visit http://www.geicoskytypers.com. For tickets, parking, directions, and more information on EAA Airventure 2016, visit http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure.
For Media Only
Media members interested in b roll footage, an electronic press kit, or photos should email or call the team’s media contact or download the content directly from the team’s website - http://www.geicoskytypers.com/media-resources/.
A limited number of seats may be available for media flights.
Those interested should establish contact at their earliest convenience as these seat fill up quickly.
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CONTACT: Brenda Little – BLittle@bbigmarketing.com - 813-391-4542
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