Wingwalkers will wow the crowds at Sunderland Airshow

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THESE wingwalkers are the latest addition to the line-up that will thrill the crowds at this year’s Sunderland International Airshow.

The Breitling team will take to the skies on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday July 22 to perform a breathtaking sequence of formation loops and rolls, while daring wingwalkers perform acrobatics on the wings.

The 1940s Stearman biplanes will roar through the skies at speeds of up to 140mph, each with a wingwalker climbing around the aircraft and performing handstands while waving to the crowd below.

For the impressive “Cockpit Lady” pass, the wingwalkers leave the safety of their static harness and climb down to the cockpit during flight.

While standing in front of the pilot’s windscreen they will perform a balletic pose as they soar above the seafront at 100mph.

This year’s Sunderland International Airshow promises to be one of the best yet.

The world-famous Red Arrows are returning to the event and are to be joined by frontline jets from the Royal Air Force, with fly-bys from the Typhoon and Tornado aircraft.

Organised by Sunderland City Council, the airshow is now in its 24th year and is one of the largest free events of its kind, attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators to the coastline along Roker and Seaburn.

Coun Paul Watson, Sunderland City Council leader, said: “This year’s airshow line-up is really shaping up with some premier attractions.

“The RAF is taking a lead role in this year’s event and it will be showcasing the training, excellence and professionalism of its personnel with all these displays.”

A programme of supporting events across the city is also being planned to tie in with the airshow, including a launch party at Cliffe Park on the evening of Friday, July 20.

The show is usually held over the last weekend of July each year but has had to be brought forward this year due to the beginning of the 2012 London Olympics. The airshow takes place between 10am and 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday with a full programme of activity in the air and on the ground across the weekend.

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