THE SKIES ABOVE SUNDERLAND will be filled with some of the world’s most famous aircraft and most spectacular flying displays again this year.
Now approaching its third decade, Sunderland International Airshow has announced the planned flying display programme over the three day event (21,22,23 July).
Friday’s launch event will be a mix of music, machines and magnificent displays with a fireworks finale to conclude the first day, with the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team dropping in formation from the skies on Saturday to launch the main weekend flying programme.
Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “I’d like to thank the RAF Falcons for opening this year’s display programme, and for their unwavering support of the Sunderland International Airshow since it was first held in 1989 as a one-day event.
“They thrilled the crowds at those first airshows, and have continued to do so over the years. As they have been joined by other RAF aerial attractions such as the Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, our airshow has continued to grow in popularity with bigger and bigger crowds.
“Hopefully this year’s event will be one of the best ever as we welcome back favourites such as the Red Arrows and Typhoon Display Team, and introduce some new attractions including The Fireflies who combine pyrotechnics with flying.”
This year’s planned flying programme – subject to changes and additions – includes ; Parachute teams the RAF Falcons and the British Army Tigers Freefall Team, aircraft displays from the Red Arrows, Typhoon, Tutor, Chinook (Sunday only), The Blades, Gerald Cooper, Sally B, The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Bristol Blenheim Mk 1, P51 Mustang, Autogyro, Bronco and Fireflies with an appearance by the Great North Air Ambulance.
Sunderland City Council Head of Events, Victoria French added: “The Sunderland International Airshow 2107 is already shaping up to be one of the best airshows we have ever staged.
“There is so much for everyone to enjoy and we hope people will come along to join us along the seafront for a truly spectacular family event.
“For anyone looking for a little bit of added luxury this year, there are hospitality packages available in the catered Aviation Lounge and Executive Lounge with more information available at www.sunderlandinternational airshow.co.uk .”
Northumbria Police’s Silver Commander for the Sunderland International Airshow, is once again Superintendent Sarah Pitt.
Supt Pitt said: “The Airshow is a fantastic event. This will be the third year I have led the policing operation for the weekend and I am really looking forward to it.
” We have worked closely with the organisers to ensure the event runs smoothly and will continue to do so in the run-up.”