Eyes on the North East’s skies as the Red Arrows booked for Sunderland International Airshow displays

The Red Arrows on a previous visit to Wearside for the Sunderland International Airshow.
The Red Arrows on a previous visit to Wearside for the Sunderland International Airshow.

THE Red Arrows will be making a return at this year’s Sunderland International Airshow.

The display team will make three appearances at the festival when it runs from Friday, July 24 to the Sunday.

This fantastic three day has something for everyone.

Airshow director Sue Stanhope

Organisers say the action-packed display programme will include crowd favourites as well as teams and aircraft displaying along the seafront for the very first time.

Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for public health, wellness and culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “We are very proud of our fantastic Sunderland International Airshow.

“I am delighted at the truly international feel to this year’s flying programme. We have some teams coming here for the very first time and I’m sure the crowds will give them a huge warm welcome they will remember for a long time to come.

“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 here to display is a great reflection on the quality of our event.”

Timings are to be confirmed but expected to fly on Friday evening as well as Saturday and Sunday are: The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight featuring a Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire; the Red Arrows, RAF Tutor, RAF Hawk T2, RAF Typhoon and the Twister Duo.

Completing the flying programme on Saturday and Sunday are: RAF Falcons, Royal Navy Black Cats, who will bring their new Wildcat helicopters for the first time.

They will join the 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.

Airshow director Sue Stanhope added: “This fantastic three day has something for everyone.
“Each year we challenge ourselves to improve and deliver a fun-filled weekend of entertainment, both in the air and on the ground.

“This year is no exception.

“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.”