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Sunderland International Airshow

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Sunderland International Airshow

Coordinates: 54°55′44″N 1°21′50″W / 54.929°N 1.364°W / 54.929; -1.364

Sunderland International Airshow is the biggest free annual airshow in Europe, held near the Roker and Seaburn seafronts. It takes place over the course of two days, normally the final weekend in July and attracts around 1,200,000 spectators every year. The airshow features a large number of planes, including the Red Arrows and the Eurofighter Typhoon. In addition to the planes, the seafront plays host to a range of food counters, stalls and fairground games. The Royal Navy traditionally have a warship off the coast every year, usually the HMS Ocean, the adopted warship of Sunderland, however in 2007, HMS Albion made an appearance instead as HMS Ocean had other commitments. The airshow was first held in 1988, and was planned to be a one-off event, when it attracted 250,000 spectators. Due to thick fog and mist in 2008, the airshow was practically cancelled and only one plane was flown, the Belgian F-16 flown by Mickey Artiges on the Sunday.


Durham Tees Valley Airport is used as a base for most of the flying displays, compared with previous use of Newcastle Airport, this is possibly because Tees Valley has fewer flights resulting in faster turnarounds for aircraft departing and arriving from the airshow.

Newcastle International Airport was used up until 2007, the only aircraft in the 2007 show to use Newcastle were the C-130K Hercules of the RAF Falcons Parachuting team, and the Eastern Airways BAe Jetstream 41 North East England Livery and the Red Arrows. The organisers stopped using this as the main airport because they have a tight flight schedule with many more low cost flights departing now then in previous years.

The Green Airshow

In 2007 Sunderland City Council teamed up with Gentoo and CarbonNeutral North East to reduce and off-set all the emissions caused by staging the two-day show. There was a Green Village with many environmental stalls.


The show has many highlights that return every year including:[1]

In 2007 a few new displays turned up including:



External links

  • Official Website
  • Facebook page
  • YouTube: Highlights from Sunderland International Airshow 2012
  • Sunderland Live : Event Organisers

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