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.
It's a particularly poignant year, with the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Two Spitfires that were flown that day in Normandy will take to the skies in Sunderland, joined by Hurricane and Lancaster aircraft.
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.
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.
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.
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