Battle of Britain Memorial Flight displays to feature at Sunderland International Airshow

Royal Air Force Falcons Parachute Display Team will be dropping in to continue their tradition of attending every Sunderland International airshow
Royal Air Force Falcons Parachute Display Team will be dropping in to continue their tradition of attending every Sunderland International airshow
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Three displays from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will feature at the Sunderland International Airshow this year.

The three-day spectacular, which begins on Friday, July 22, attracted almost one million people last year.

Pilot Kenneth Aarkvisla and the Norwegian Vampire are set to thrill the crowds at this year's Sunderland International Airshow

Pilot Kenneth Aarkvisla and the Norwegian Vampire are set to thrill the crowds at this year's Sunderland International Airshow

Timings are still to be confirmed but expected to fly on the opening Friday evening are: The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Red Arrows, RAF Typhoon and the pyrotechnic Twister Duo. The evening will close with the traditional firework display at around 10pm.

Among the teams taking part on Saturday and Sunday are: RAF Falcons, Royal Navy Black Cats, The Blades, Norwegian historic Flight MiG 15 and Vampires, OV-10 Bronco, Curtis P40 Warhawk and P51 Mustang and the stunning Fairey Swordfish from the Royal Navy Historic Flight.

Sunderland City Council's Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Coun John Kelly said: "This fantastic three day event has something for everyone.

"Once again we have a huge selection of aircraft from fast jets to vintage military aircraft joining in the fun. Thanks to the team organising our event I am also delighted at the international feel to this year’s flying programme.

"We work hard to keep it as the largest free family event in the North East, if not the country.

"The quality of the teams wanting to come back here and teams wanting to display for their very first time is a great reflection on the quality of our event."

Airshow Director Sue Stanhope added: "Each year we challenge ourselves deliver a fun-filled weekend of entertainment, both in the air and on the ground.

"This year has been no exception. Along with an action-packed flying programme we also have a new layout for our fantastic ground displays, children's activities, live music and fairgrounds.

"I look forward to seeing everyone there enjoying a brilliant weekend”