By Tracey Leong

MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (WJZ) — The world famous GEICO Skytypers took WJZ’s Tracey Leong up in the air on Thursday, as they prepare for this weekend’s Baltimore Air Show.

It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly in a World War II-era plane that was used to train fighter pilots.

“These are the aircraft that taught the greatest generation to fly,” said Steve Kapur, pilot.

The 75-year-old warbirds now migrate across the country, performing in air shows.

“Occasionally, we meet veterans who actually trained in these aircraft, and we swap lives with them about our experiences, and they tell us about some of the crazy things they did with them,” said Kapur.

And like their name says, they type messages in the sky.

“Those messages could be 1,500 feet tall, and  they could be as long as six to eight miles,” said Kapur.

WJZ photographer Eric Scott rode in Plane 2 with Pilot Chris Orr. Tracey rode in Plane 1 with Pilot Ken Johansen.

They didn’t get a chance to take over the controls, but they definitely took in the epic views over Baltimore County’s Middle River.

The team performs low-level precision formation demonstrations, showing off those vintage gems’ capabilities.

While the planes’ talented pilots make it look easy, the maneuvers are extremely difficult.

“Have to be able to know where everybody in the formation is, and it has to be timed very carefully,” Kapur said.

If your weekend plans are up in the air, come on down and catch the warbirds in action at the air show from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, followed by the Blue Angels.

For a full schedule of the air show, CLICK HERE.


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