SKY-HIGH numbers turned out to enjoy the first full day of Sunderland International Airshow today.
The seafront at Seaburn and Roker were packed out with families as the 26th festival of flight entertained with a programme of displays.
They were launched with a display by the RAF Falcons parachute team and also included the Breitling wingwalkers, a Typhoon FGR4 and a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight by a Lancaster, Hurricane and a Spitfire.
The Red Arrows then closed the day with a show of their skills, with the team grounded yesterday, when they had been due to stage a flyover of the launch celebration, due to poor weather conditions on the coast.
Airshow director Sue Stanhope said: “When I’ve been around the site everybody is smiling, there’s lots of faces concentrating on the skies and people seem to have come down and made a day of it with lots enjoying a picnic.”
The day also included a presentation of a glass trophy to the Red Arrows in recognition of their 50th year and the dedication they have shown the event with their appearances at the weekend.
An appearance by a Hunter Hawker was cancelled after the aircraft was hit by technical issues.
Tomorrow’s programme starts at noon, when the Red Arrows will appear again, and run until 5.15pm, with activities also held along the seafront, in Seaburn Park and Seaburn Camp further down the coast.
Travel details on how to reach the show can be found via www.sunderland.gov.uk/airshow-gettingthere.