Steve Hicks and Nikita Salmon from the Breitling wingwalkers are looking forward to taking to the sky this afternoon.
Nikita, 25, is in her sixth season with the team but making her first visit to Sunderland.
"The team are based near where I live," she said.
I always used to see them when I was younger - I went to every airshow, so when I saw they were advertising, I applied.
"I love the exhilaration and the feeling and getting to travel all over the country and the world.
"This is my first visit to Sunderland but it looks lovely. I'm looking forward to going down to have a look at the venue."
Steve, 59, is in his ninth year with the team: "I always love coming to Sunderland," he said.
"The crowd is lovely and the atmosphere is always fantastic up here."