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.



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 […]
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 […]
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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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