What do you get when you mix World War II airplanes with high-tech aerial writing? You get the Geico Skytypers, of course.
This civilian squadron performs precision maneuvers at air shows across the country, and if you look out across the bay this weekend — or if you head over to North ingstown for the Air Show — you're sure to see some messages in the sky.
However, don't confused these aerial messages with skywriting, says pilot Bob Johansen. Skytyping is done at a much quicker pace with multiple planes, instead of long sweeping motions and one plane as is typically with skywriting.
These messages in the sky can sometimes be miles long, according to pilot Jim Record, with each letter standing as tall as the Eiffel Tower. To create these massive billboards in the sky, the pilots use a high-tech system that sends out signals to each plane, sending out puffs of smoke to create a dot-matrix style, forming the letters. All this is done at an altitude of 10,000 feet.
It's not just the writing style that is unique, but the crafts that these Skytypers fly. There are only 11 remaining SNJ-2's (a World War II warplane) – six of them are used by the Geico Skytypers.
Catch the Skytypers in action at this weekend's air show. To learn more about the Geico Skytypers, visit their website.