GEICO Skytypers

The GEICO Skytypers are a flight squadron of six vintage SNJ-2 WWII era aircraft performing precision flight maneuvers. The diverse flying expertise of the team members aligns perfectly with the unique components of their overall performance.   In 1940-1941, North American Aviation designed the SNJ as a transition trainer between basic trainers and first-line tactical... View Article


The GEICO Skytypers are a flight squadron of six vintage SNJ-2 WWII era aircraft performing precision flight maneuvers. The diverse flying expertise of the team members aligns perfectly with the unique components of their overall performance.

 

In 1940-1941, North American Aviation designed the SNJ as a transition trainer between basic trainers and first-line tactical aircraft. These planes served as the classroom for most of the Allied pilots flying in WWII. This aircraft has been recognized by many names; the T-6 Texan (Army Aircorp) and the Harvard (RAF), but was most affectionately known as the “pilot maker” by crew members.

 

The GEICO Skytypers fly the SNJ-2 version of the aircraft. This model has an enlarged 180 gallon fuel tank allowing the aircraft to operate for more than four hours. Other unique design elements of this particular aircraft include: a decrease of eight inches in the overall length, a larger round rudder, and a fixed tail wheel. Each plane weighs 5500 pounds and utilizes a 600hp Pratt and Whitney R-1340-AN-1, 9 cylinder radial engine.

 

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  1. Maury Hamill says:

    In this photo # 4 has the straight rudder…actually a T-6 instead of SNJ?

    The T-6 was still being used by the USAF when I went through pilot training in 55U during the first 6 months of Primary.
    We had 20 hours in PA18s before the T-6, however a few years before the T-6 was the first plane flown in USAF pilot training.

    After Primary we went to Basic which was either multi-engine in B-25s, or as in my case, single engine 800hp prop driven. T-28s for 40 hours followed by 100 hours in T-33 jets to get our ‘wings’.

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