Stars of the sky have been checking out the region has they prepare to take part in its biggest flying festival.
The teams behind the Tutor and Hawk Aircrew will both appear as part of Sunderland International Airshow’s three-day programme next month.
Ahead of the seafront extravaganza, their crews visited the North East as their preparations to perform get under way, meeting the show’s director Sue Stanhope and Sunderland City Council’s deputy leader Harry Trueman at Newcastle International Airport.
Earlier today pilots and Airshow officials launched the 27th Sunderland International
Sue Stanhope said: “There are only five weeks until the fun begins with the Friday evening’s programme of music, flying and fireworks.
“The free family fun continuous over the whole weekend with an action-packed display programme including crowd favourites as well as teams and aircraft displaying along the seafront for the very first time.
Along with a very busy flying programme we also have fantastic ground displays, children’s activities, live music, fairgrounds and fireworks and we also have a few surprises up our sleeves too.Airshow director Sue Stanhope
“Along with a very busy flying programme we also have fantastic ground displays, children’s activities, live music, fairgrounds and fireworks and we also have a few surprises up our sleeves too.”
The teams represent the first steps that aircrew undertake before moving on to front line aircraft.
All military pilots are required to undergo Elementary Flying Training.
The Grob 115E, known by the RAF as the Tutor, is used for Elementary Flying Training by the 14 University Air Squadrons and 12 Air Experience Flights throughout the UK.
It is also used by the Central Flying School and for elementary WSO training at the RAF College Cranwell.
The Hawk T2 Role Demo team is the public face of Number 4 Flying Training School (4FTS) based at RAF Valley on Anglesey and their full time mission is to train the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy combat pilots of the future.
The Hawk T2 is a fully aerobatic, low wing, transonic, 2-seat training aircraft with mission avionics that are representative of front-line aircraft.
It is used to train pilots for Tornado GR4, Typhoon and Lighting II.
The aircraft also has a sensor simulation capability to allow realistic Electronic Warfare (EW) training against Surface-to-Air-Missile (SAM) systems.
The airshow, which will run from Friday, July 24, until the Sunday, is the largest free event of its kind in western Europe and attracts hundreds of thousands people to the city’s seafront.
Other aircraft to appear include the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight featuring a Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire; the Red Arrows; RAF Typhoon; Twister Duo; RAF Falcons; Royal Navy Black Cats; Royal Navy Search and Rescue Sea King; The Blades Gerald Cooper; Norwegian MiG 15; Patrouille Reva; OV-10 Bronco and Curtis P40 Warhawk and P51 Mustang.
For more information visit www.SunderlandInternationalAirshow.co.uk.