Happening this weekend, the GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team, the leading vintage airshow performance squadron, will perform at the 2019 MCAS Beaufort Air Show.
It’s taking place on Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28 at MCAS Beaufort.
On Thursday, News 2’s David Dickson suited up and flew with the crew as they prepared for the show.
The team’s six WWII-era aircraft will perform a new dynamic 18-minute, low-level precision-flying demonstration. The event is free and open to the public
The GEICO Skytypers fly six WWII SNJ aircraft, the Navy’s equivalent of the Texas T-6. Both trainer aircraft were used to prepare pilots of “‘The Greatest Generation” for combat.
In 1940-41, the SNJ was built as an advanced WWII military training aircraft designed to perform all the maneuvers of a fighter plane at slower speeds.
A computer located in the lead aircraft sends radio signals to the other planes and their white puffs of smoke create the “skytyped” messages that are often as tall as the Empire State Building and seen from a 15-mile radius.
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