Is It a Bird.Is It a Plane.? No, It's Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

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Is It a Bird.Is It a Plane.? No, It's Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines


Byline: CHRIS KNIGHT Reporter christopher.knight@trinitymirror.com @C_M_Knight

THOSE magnificent men in their flying machines took to the skies to put on a heaven-sent display at the annual Sunderland International Airshow.

The spectacular free seafront event, now in its 29th year, sees some of the world's most iconic aircraft and aerial display teams in the North East skies.

Ahead of a packed weekend programme, the Blades display team and American military aircraft the OV-10 Bronco were put through their paces at Newcastle International Airport.

Mark Cutmore, pilot of the Blade 1, believes his team and the airshow promises 'excitement' for pilots and crowds alike.

He said: "In our 15 minute shows, we pack in 32 manoeuvres. The Blades can fall backwards through their own smoke, and we can do something called gyroscopic acrobatics. "It is pretty exciting for us and the people watching on the ground.

"When we see the size of the crowd watching, it concentrates our minds and we definitely try really hard to impress at Sunderland!" The RAF Falcons display team, one of the airshow's most popular attractions, will kick off the acrobatic action on Saturday from 11am.

Tony de Bruyne, the primary OV-10 display pilot, spoke about the experience of performing in front of the large Wearside crowd.

He said: "It is amazing, we can see the crowds in the corner of our eyes.

"But when you're flying you concentrate on that, we don't think of ourselves as pop stars! …

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