Sunderland International Airshow has got to be the highlight of the year in the events callendar. What started in 1989 as a 1 off 1 day event has now become a yearly 3 day event that attracts over 2 million visitors. Usually taking place on the last weekend in July.
As well as aerial displays there is plenty of fun to be had on the ground with fair rides, stalls and ground crews.
Held along Sunderland seafront great places to watch the airshow include Roker, Fullwell, Seaburn and Whitburn.
The city’s adopted warship HMS Ocean has provide an impressive backdrop to the show mooring off the coastline.
The 3 day show kicks off on Friday evening having been added in 2010. The friday launch has become very popular, large crowds gather all along the Whitburn road and cliffe park for flying displays, fireworks and entertainment. The Typhoon and Red Arrows are part of a spectacular flying programme.
Saturday & Sunday are usually days packed with displays both aerial and ground. Displays usually start around 11 and finish around 5.
The event is very family friendly with wristbands available incase young children get lost. Road closures are always in place which makes the seafront pedestrian only which is great.
Toilets are available all around the event as well as first aid and lost children points.
Some of the aircraft that have taken part in the Airshow are –
Red Arrows, Euro fighter Typhoon, Harrier GR8, The Blck Cats (Royal Navy)
F-16, The Blades, The Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight, Royal Marines, Chinook, RAF Falcons and attracts aircraft displays from other countries.
I myself was lucky to see one of the last displays performed by the Avro Vulcan Bomber.
The Harrier is most impressive with its vertical take off capabilities.
The Red Arrows are simply spectacular, an absolute must see and great crowd pleaser.
After the Airshow the next event in the Sunderland calander is the illuminations.