The famous Red Arrows are to miss the Sunderland Airshow this Summer due to a tour of North America.
It was announced yesterday by the Royal Air Force that they would be departing for the US before the Wearside event in July.
Their final display int he UK will be at the Royal International Air Tattoo, between July 19th and July 21st.
The Red Arrows will undertake a short period of maintenance and preparation before departing.
The Sunderland Airshow is the 26th – 28th July.
They are renowned as one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams, having performed almost 5,000 times in 57 countries since 1965.
The display team will be visiting North America for the first time since 2008 and their visit means they will also miss the Great North Run in September.
Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture, at Sunderland City Council, Councillor John Kelly says:
“Their overseas tour of America and Canada over the summer means our friends at the Red Arrows can’t join us this year, but we look forward to welcoming them back to future events.”
“We’d like to thank them and their RAF colleagues for helping us to establish the Sunderland Airshow as one of the largest and most popular free outdoor events in Europe over the last thirty years.”
“This year’s Sunderland Airshow (July 26-28) will feature crowd favourites such as the RAF Typhoon and RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight as part of a packed flying programme, with music, ground displays, events and activities along our award winning seafront for everyone to enjoy.”