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The Sunderland International Airshow attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the region and comprises of three days of airborne acrobatic displays - as well as plenty of other events on the ground.
Alex Watson has been down to the launch of the event today - watch her full report below.
One of the most exciting planes that will take part in the 2013 Sunderland International Airshow has been on display at Newcastle International Airport.
The Tucano T1 is part of the display programme on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July.
Based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse the Tucano is a modified version of the Brazilian Embraer EMB-312 Tucano aircraft.
The Sunderland International Airshow gets underway on Friday 26th July for three days. Itis the largest free event of its kind in western Europe.
Excitement is building for this year's Sunderland Airshow as the launch takes place at Newcastle International Airport.
The Tucano Aircrew are part of the display programme on the weekend of the 27th and 28th July. Today, they gave onlookers a taster of what is to come.
The Sunderland International Airshow is the largest free three-day event of its kind in western Europe and attracts hundreds of thousands people to the Seaburn and Roker coastline.