Sunderland Airshow update: More flying displays grounded by bad weather

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Sunderland Airshow organisers have been forced to slash today's flying programme due to bad weather.

Rain and blustery winds at the seafront and at Newcastle Airport, where most of the aircraft take off from, mean today's flying programme has been severely truncated.

It was due to start at 12.30pm, but has been delayed until 2pm, and instead of lasting until 5pm, will be finished by 4pm.

The ever-popular Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight, consisting of a Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster from the Second World War, was pulled from the programme yesterday.

Now more of the attractions have been grounded by the weather, resulting in a revised - and much-reduced - flying schedule.

Notable absences include the RAF Falcons parachutists, The Blades display team, the AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers, and the Royal Navy Swordfish.

Umbrellas were the order of the day for airshow visitors on the blustery, rainswept seafront.

Umbrellas were the order of the day for airshow visitors on the blustery, rainswept seafront.

THE LATEST FLYING DISPLAY UPDATE:

14:00 Tigers parachute display team - CANCELLED

14:22 Blenheim & Spitfires - CANCELLED

14:39 Gyro

Today's crowds at Sunderland Airshow were, unsurprisingly, well down on the previous two days.

Today's crowds at Sunderland Airshow were, unsurprisingly, well down on the previous two days.

14:49 Tutor

14:59 Bronco

15:09 Chinook

15:23 MiG 15

The Bayles family came prepared with their ponchos.

The Bayles family came prepared with their ponchos.

15:33 Vampires

15:45 Typhoon

All displays are dependent on the weather and subject to change at short notice. The Red Arrows were not due to fly today.