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Sunderland Airshow gets underway today

An RAF Tornado GR4 practicing manoeuvres over Sunderland Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

Boeing CH-47 Chinook Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Visitors can take a look in a Chinook Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Technicians working on Sunderland Lighthouse Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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 UK Armed Forces putting on displays in the ground as well as in the air Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Sunderland International Airshow 2011 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Red Arrow crews pushing their Hawk T1's to the limit in 2011 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees