To begin with, Sunderland International Airshow is the biggest free annual airshow in Europe. Spread over three days, of course, the event takes place in Roker and Seaburn. In this case, it is usually the final weekend in July on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Sunderland International Airshow
Obviously, traffic management is necessary and many roads close while the event is in progress. However, there are passes available for residents and access is usually not a problem for the disabled. Moreover, there are park and ride bus services available and the Metro Station is only a short walk away.
The Sunderland International Airshow is not only about aircraft, but there are many other attractions too. For example, there are displays on the beaches from various organisations such as the army and navy. Then there are the usual attractions for children such as fun fares and rides. Obviously, there are aeroplanes, helicopters and other vehicles on the ground for the crowds to get up close to.
For example, they have witnessed many displays from the Eurofighter Typhoon to the vintage Hawker Sea Fury. Obviously, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight was popular as well as the Spitfires fly-by. However, with so many displays, everyone has their favourite.
In addition, Sunderland’s adopted warship, HMS Ocean, usually sits off the coast. However, in 2007, due to the commitments of HMS Ocean, HMS Albion had to attend. In short, the helicopter carrier, HMS Ocean, has a crew of 240. Moreover, all have the privilege of having the Freedom of Sunderland since 2004. Obviously, the Royal Navy is not going to let the Royal Air Force take all the limelight!
To Sum Up
By and large, the start and end of the Sunderland International Airshow usually has a magnificent fireworks display. Obviously, this free event has something for everyone of all ages. So, plan your visit well in advance and treat the family to a festival of fun.
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