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Hundreds are already queuing to get inside the Chinook on display at the Sunderland International Airshow.
Hundreds of thousands are expected at the 24th Sunderland International Airshow this weekend. The event, on Roker and Seaburn seafront, will feature displays by military and civilian aircraft, including wing-walkers, classic spitfires and a display by the famous Red Arrows.
This weekends show is the largest free event of its kind in Europe. It's expected to be very busy so the advice is the get there early.
The Sunderland International Airshow is Europe's biggest free aircraft display, and preparations are well underway for the two day event.
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All eyes were on the skies above Sunderland today as the city's 24th Airshow got underway.
A Mayoress will wing-walk and a RAF Tornado will demo a ground-attack. The plans are made. Sunderland awaits its biggest show of the year.