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



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 […]
Reunion week for Skytypers June 4, 2014 -   When the GEICO Skytypers pierced through the heart-shaped smoke pattern over Virginia Beach’s Patriotic Festival Airshow, one airshow fan couldn’t have been more proud. His name is Charles Joseph O’Brien, but all the Skytypers just call him OBie. That’s because OBie was one of the original pilots, back when Mort Arken owned the team. “I flew […]
Johansen Awarded FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot May 28, 2014 - Leave it to #4 Bob Johansen to think that the FAA spokesperson addressing the crowd at the Cradle of Aviation Museum last Friday in Long Island was talking about some other pilot – who happened to have logged 50 years of safe flight, and who was also a retired Navy pilot, and who also happened […]
Greatest Generation Warbirds Inspire Next Generation May 23, 2014 - How do you inspire a 17-year-old high school student who calls himself a hip-hop MC to get serious about a career in aviation? Get GEICO Skytypers mechanics to taxi WWII SNJ-2s to his classroom and let him take a look inside a cockpit unlike anything he’s ever seen before. “It’s amazing to see how the […]
GEICO Skytypers: Tweeting before Twitter was Cool March 21, 2014 - Only five years ago, a tweet was something most people thought only birds did. Today is the 5th anniversary of Twitter – the social media messaging program that taught the world how to type a message in 140 characters or less. But the GEICO Skytypers had a long head start – they’ve been typing short […]
The Tuskegee Legacy March 15, 2014 - Lt. Col Hiram Mann’s head lifts. He cocks his ear in the direction of the hangar outside the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville. He’s hearing the GEICO Skytypers start up the engines of their vintage WWII-era SNJ-2’s. Mann would recognize that sound anywhere – he trained on the Texan T-6 variant of it at […]
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The team flies six SNJ-2 aircraft, the Navy’s version of the Texan T-6, a WWII training plane.

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The GEICO Skytyping team is the only civilian squadron currently appearing at airshows and flying WWII aircraft.


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The team performs low-level precision-formation aeronautical demonstration featuring the unique capabilities of the vintage WWII aircraft.



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