GEICO Skytypers return to Bethpage Air Show for 15th appearance

JONES BEACH STATE PARK, Long Island (WABC) -- The GEICO Skytypers, an air show squadron of 11 pilots who fly World War II-era aircraft, will be revealing a new routine at the Bethpage Air Show.

They're based on Long Island, but fly in air shows around the world, generating giant skytyped messages and performing low-level precision flying demonstrations.

Skytypers fly SNJs powered by 600-horsepower Pratt and Whitney engines. SNJs were WWII training aircraft, designed to perform like fighter planes, but at slower speeds.

The team will perform more than 20 period-specific tactical maneuvers during its 18-minute performance.

Eyewitness News recently rode along with the GEICO Skytypers during a practice run ahead of their 15th appearance at the Bethpage Air Show.

They will be performing at the air show during Memorial Day Weekend on May 26 and 27, 2018.

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