Flying with Skytypers

22News Reporter David McKay spent time in the air with the Geico Skytypers.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)- Expect a lot of high flying entertainment this weekend at the Great New England Air Show at Westover in Chicopee.

22News Reporter David McKay spent time in the air with the Geico Skytypers

The Geico Skytypers are one of the attractions to the Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base.  They fly SMJ-2 planes which were built in 1940 to train World War II pilots . But they’ve still got some speed reaching speeds well over 160 mph. At the same time these planes fly in tight formation and print words or symbols in the air with smoke-otherwise known as skytyping.

Steve Kapur, of the Geico Skytypers said, “We spell out messages that can be 1500 feet tall and they can be as long as six to eight miles depending on how complex the messages are.”

Without a cloud in the sky I could see the Connecticut River and the sprawling fields of western Massachusetts, and you didn’t need a message written across the sky to see the excitement people have for the Great New England Air Show.

22News has Full Coverage leading up to and during the Great New England Air Show on May 16th & 17th. The 22News Storm Team will also have the Latest Forecast and Weather Conditions. Make sure to stay tuned on-air and on WWLP.com.

If you’re planning on attending the air show, send us your photos to Reportit@wwlp.com.

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For More Information:

* The Great New England Air Show Website
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