The GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team will take flight during the 2021 OC Air Show Saturday and Sunday, June 19 and 20, along the shores of Ocean City, Md.
The squadron of six World War II-era aircraft will perform their aerobatic precision flying demonstration twice during the weekend. In celebration of Father’s Day, the team of elite aviators will skytype special tributes honoring dads prior to their performances on Saturday and Sunday.
"We’re excited to return to Maryland’s Eastern Shore to participate in the OC Air Show," said Larry Arken, team flight lead. "We consider it an honor to demonstrate the amazing abilities of these vintage warbirds on behalf of our sponsor, GEICO, while sharing a bit of aviation history. Despite being nearly 80 years old, the SNJ-2 is a testament to the engineering genius of the Greatest Generation. These aircraft are a dream to fly."
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. A majority of the team’s low-level flying demonstration takes place in front of the crowd. The historic sound of the vintage engines fills the air as the team performs more than 20 different tactical maneuvers during its 18-minute show.
The team also creates giant skytyped messages utilizing a unique technology only used by a few organizations in the world. Flying five aircraft in a tight, line-abreast formation, the planes coordinate in typing messages with environmentally friendly puffs of white smoke. A computer located in the lead aircraft utilizes a custom-programmed tablet to send commands to the other planes via radio signals. The result is astonishing to behold. Messages can be seen from 15 miles away in any direction with 20-25 characters generated in less than two minutes. Individual letters can be as tall as the Empire State Building.
The OC Airshow promises two days of family fun featuring a lineup of world-class military and civilian performers. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds cap off each air show day with a thunderous performance demonstrating the capabilities of current-generation fighters. Spectators can witness the amazing capabilities of the team’s signature red, white, and blue F-16 aircraft known as the Fighting Falcon.
For more information on the air show and VIP tickets, go to ocairshow.com.
To learn more about the GEICO Skytypers, go to geicoskytypers.com.
The GEICO Skytypers are known for their thrilling airshow performances, but the team is firmly grounded in the community through its work with children’s charities and youth organizations. The team conducts presentations at youth centers, schools, hospitals, Boys & Girls Clubs, community groups, ROTC programs, and veterans’ facilities. The Skytypers also host some of these events planeside, pending local and state regulations. 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.