There will be some brand new flying displays appearing in the skies at this year’s free Sunderland Airshow (July 26-28).

Joining the Swiss Airforce PC-7 display team is the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron T-33 Shooting Star, a P-47 Thunderbolt and paired flying displays from both the Wildcat Pitts Specials and the Strikemaster.

Also appearing are crowd favourites The Blades and the Bronco aerobatics, with The Fireflies returning to thrill spectators with aerial pyrotechnics during Friday evening’s exciting launch event.

The Tigers Army Parachute Display Team will also fall from the skies, while a Royal Navy Wildcat is returning to Sunderland for the first time since 2016 to join the line-up.

Already announced are the RAF Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Tutor, Falcons Parachute display team and Chinook, promising a brilliant show for the thousands of visitors who will gather along the city’s award-winning seafront to enjoy the show.

Sunderland City Council Chief Executive, Patrick Melia said: “We have worked really hard to secure aircraft that have never been seen here in Sunderland before.

“Even after thirty years we are always looking to grow the event from strength to strength and I’m really pleased that we can announce these brilliant new acts and welcome the crew to our great city. We’re still working on the flying display line-up and if we can add to it, we certainly will.”

By having a strong flying display line-up, some great music acts and a brilliant entertainment and activity programme on the ground, we hope that more visitors than ever will come and enjoy this free weekend for all the family.”

The full programme of flying displays, stage acts and ground activities will be confirmed over the coming weeks. Ticket details for the Take Off Enclosure are available at www.sunderlandinternationalairshow.co.uk

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