Monday, August 29, 2016
Now that the weather is less hazy and the skies are clearer, you are likely to see the Geico Skytypers flying over populated areas, like beaches, or the North Shore of Long Island. For me the first clue that they are around is the very distinctive sound of the throaty roar of five big radial engines as they approach from a distance. There is no other sound like it. So then I run outside and start searching the skies. There are five aircraft flying in a line, side by side. They are North American AT-6 "Texans" with 600 horsepower nine-cylinder engines. They make the white smoke by injecting mineral oil into the engine exhaust, and the planes are all connected by computers to sychronize the smoke puffs that create the letters. I had always wanted to fly with them to do photographs, but it never happened.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 11:00 PM