The World Famous GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team is a flight squadron of six vintage WWII aircraft performing precision flight maneuvers at select air shows across the US. The diverse flying expertise of the team members aligns perfectly with the unique components of their overall performance.



And So It Begins! March 23, 2017 - Skytypers Rock Ground School! We began our annual spring air show work up with ground school last week. The annual meeting marks the first item on our 2017 air show schedule and is hosted at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY, our home base. This year, we had a couple of honored guests. Former Blue Angel […]
Flying in our Hometown Show June 1, 2016 - The GEICO Skytypers Airshow Team had home court advantage this weekend for the Bethpage Airshow at Jones Beach and the team made every minute count! Members of the team started the day by meeting with a group of 4th and 5th grade student government leaders from Woodhull Middle School. There were definitely future aviators in […]
Back on the Road and in the Air! April 1, 2016 - “Good Morning Tom.  Thank you for getting up extra early to help out.  By the way, I hope you don’t have any luggage with you.  I had to pick up the new hero cards yesterday, so there’s not much room in here.”  That was an understatement.  As solo pilot Tom Daly entered the car, he […]
The men who keep history flying July 17, 2015 - There are biologists who study the Cluster N region of migratory birds and researchers who develop shape-shifting, plastic 4D implants. And then there are mechanics and technicians who design parts to keep 75-year old warbirds known as SNJs migrating to airshows across the country. Three of those SNJ specialists are based at the GEICO Skytyper’s […]
Final Chance to Name Our New Opening Maneuver April 21, 2015 - The team has a new opening maneuver for the 2015 season. The only problem is what to call it. In military terms, it’s a merge. But that name doesn’t do justice to the precision and dynamism of watching six, 75-year-old planes rumble overhead, split off in a reverse fan and thread between each other in […]
High School S.T.E.M. Students take a career leap forward — by traveling back 75 years in aviation history April 13, 2015 - (photography courtesy of Molly Ingram, The Island News)           When 18-year-old senior Mark Hatrick climbed into the cockpit of an SNJ2 at the MCAS Beaufort Airshow he didn’t know what to expect. After all, the planes flown by the GEICO Skytypers are older than his grandparents. “I never thought just looking […]
Help us name a new maneuver in the GEICO Skytyper Routine March 20, 2015 - Every air show performance needs a big opening number and this weekend the GEICO Skytypers are debuting a new maneuver to open their demonstration and the 2015 airshow season. “We love showing audiences what this vintage gem of a warbird can do,” says veteran Skytyper and solo pilot Tom Daly. “We’d never change our entire […]
Don’t Do It Unless You Mean It! February 13, 2015 - When it comes to wedding proposals, the GEICO Skytypers have some words of advice to would-be grooms: go big or go home. And they should know. They’ve been popping the question on behalf of men for 35 years. The team’s owner and lead pilot, Larry Arken, says Saint Valentine himself couldn’t dream up a more […]
The Lure of Oshkosh July 1, 2014 - Above a particular highway  in Wisconsin each summer the skies swarm with small airplanes, like mosquitoes. On the side of the highway squats an RV campground called Osh Vegas. But what happens in Oshkosh does not stay in Oshkosh. It spreads, in waves of unintended consequences and inspiration, around the world — even reaching a […]
No better way to celebrate Father’s Day June 10, 2014 - Skytyper pilot Ken Johansen doesn’t mess around with ugly neck ties or corny Hallmark cards for Father’s Day – he just goes flying with his dad. Of course it helps that his father is fellow Skytyper Bob Johansen and that they’re both experts in flying the vintage WWII trainer plane known as the SNJ-2 or […]
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The team flies six SNJ aircraft, the Navy’s version of the Texan T-6, a WWII training plane.

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The team performs a thrilling air show demonstration utilizing maneuvers and tactics taught to present and past military aviators.  During air show appearances, the team often types  1,000 ft tall messages prior to aerial demonstrations.


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The team performs a low-level precision-formation aerobatic demonstration showcasing the unique capabilities of the vintage WWII aircraft.



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