Sunderland International Airshow

Today is the start of the 25th Sunderland Airshow. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit the event over the course of the weekend

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War hero takes to the skies over Sunderland

World War Two Lance Robson hero takes to the skies again Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

An airman is stepping back back nearly 70 years as he gets the opportunity to fly in a Catalina flying boat for the first time since 1945.

97-year-old World War Two hero Lance Robson is joining The Blades aerobatic display team as they practice ahead of the Sunderland Airshow this weekend.

Mr Robson operated on the Catalina with the Coastal Command Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Mr Robson, who lives in Hartburn near Morpeth, last flew in one of the seaplanes as a member of the RAF RV Coastal Command, flying with 190 and 210 squadrons.

The Consolidated PBY Catalina took on many roles in World War II Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The American Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat was one of the most widely used multi-role aircraft of World War II.

The sea plane will take part in displays at the airshow Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Sunderland International Airshow is the largest free event of its kind in western Europe and attracts hundreds of thousands to the city's Seaburn and Roker.

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