Nov 042011
 

What are skytypers? Civilian flyers who ‘skytype’ messages while flying, apparently like you’ve never seen before, using the remaining six WWII era SNJ-2 planes (the only ones left in the world).

Geico Skytypers “TYPE” lARGE ON THE SKIES of pENSACOLA, fLORIDA

Custom Messages and Precision Flying with World War II-Era Planes at the

2011 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

Naval Air Station Pensacola

November 11th and 12th ( Friday & Saturday) 

Pensacola, Florida  (November 4 ,2011 ) – The GEICO Skytypers, the only civilian flying unit in the world to use World War II-era planes to ‘type’ their messages in the sky, are performing at the  2011 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show, Naval Air Station Pensacola Friday & Saturday  November 11th and 12th.

 

The GEICO Skytypers use 6 of the remaining 11 WWII North American SNJ-2 planes left in the world to create messages at an altitude of 10,000 feet forming letters in a dot-matrix-like pattern. Each plane has been restored and is specially equipped and modified with a small, custom-built computer that commands the ‘smoke puffs’ in each of the aircraft.

 

“This is a very exciting year for us as we join the U.S. Navy in celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation,” said Steve Kapur, pilot and marketing officer for the GEICO Skytypers who has been flying with the team for more than a decade. “It is a privilege to fly these vintage planes.”

 

During Skytypers performances, pilots fly 250 feet apart in a wide line abreast formation and when aligned, the ‘puffs’ form letters as tall as the Empire State Building.  Because pilots create one letter every four seconds, ‘skytyping’ is 17 times faster than skywriting – entire messages can be as long as six to eight miles and on a clear day and can be seen for 15 miles in each direction.

 

In addition to skytyping, the team also performs a low altitude, precision formation flying routine combined with a thrilling aeronautical demonstration.  The six aircraft fill the sky and come from all directions providing spectators a unique viewing experience.

 

Maneuvering the antique aircraft is no simple feat and requires great skill and expertise.  Most of the Skytypers pilots earned their wings flying for the U.S. Armed Forces and now fly as commercial pilots for a variety of airlines.

 

As an added convenience for the media, this year the GEICO Skytypers are pleased to unveil their new media hauler featuring access to pilots and air show representatives for interviews.

 

 

2011 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

Naval Air Station Pensacola

November 11th and 12th 2011

*Special Night Show Friday November 11, 2011 beginning at 6:50 p.m.*

Friday Nov. 11th and Saturday November 12th gates open 9:45 a.m.

FREE ADMISSION FOR THE PUBLIC.

Special Tickets & Packages with Seating Available

Log on to http://www.naspairshow.com/ for more information.

 

About the GEICO Skytypers

The GEICO Skytypers are the only flying unit in the world that performs at air shows typing their messages in the sky. For more information on the GEICO Skytypers, visit geicoskytypers.com. To request more information or a 2011 Electronic Press Kit, please write or call the contact listed below.

 

About GEICO

GEICO is the third-largest private passenger auto insurer in the United States.  Serving customers for 75 years, GEICO insures 10 million policyholders covering more than 16 million vehicles. In addition to auto insurance, GEICO offers customers insurance products for their motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and mobile homes. Coverage for life, boats, homes and apartments is available through the GEICO Insurance Agency. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available. One 15-minute call could save you 15% or more on your car insurance. For more information or for a free rate comparison, visit GEICO.com, call 800-947-AUTO or search listings for a local GEICO® representative.

 

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