Kicking off the flying programme at the 31st annual Sunderland International Airshow is the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. It's a historic display in the air, commemorating the vital role the RAF played in World War Two.
Flying the precious aircraft are carefully selected pilots. One of them is RAF Squadron Leader Mark Discombe, who says the opportunity to fly is more than an honour.
I'm very lucky to be doing everything I ever dreamed of as a young lad.
Maintaining these aircraft and keeping them in an air-worthy condition is a 30 strong engineering team. Sergeant Martin Godwin, who's originally from Newcastle, heads up the avionics and electronics side of the operation.
It's not like anywhere else in the airforce because it is raw engineering... On the Hurricane engine, the wiring and electronics and things that we have to look after are just unique.
The BBMF take part in around 100 displays and up to 400 flypasts each season. The programme takes careful planning as the flying hours are limited here to ensure the aircraft's long-term preservation.
Recent flypasts included the D-Day 75th-anniversary celebrations, along with many other and important historical events.
To remember those who have fallen, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will take to the skies on Friday 26 July at 18:10 - 18:30.