Teesside Airport is gearing up for a huge day at the Teesside Airshow.
Preparations have begun at Teesside Airport on Friday, June 10, with special aircrafts such as a Catalina flying boat and a Hawker Hunter touching down in time for Saturday’s spectacular show. Amusement rides and food trucks were also spotted on the tarmac preparing to open shop for the event, which is set to see over 22,000 people flock to the airport.
Photos show the various preparations going on and aircraft arrivals just in time for the show, which is also set to feature the return of the Red Arrows to Teesside, who are headlining the event for the first time since 2016.
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A large variety of other air displays are taking place throughout the day, including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Typhoon Display Team, RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, L39 flying display, The Starlings display and a Catalina flying boat. Alongside these airshows, there will also be a motorcycle stunt show, a strong person competition, and an inch-perfect motorcycle trial.
The Catalina was one of the aircraft that landed ahead of Saturday’s event, and Teesside Live was lucky enough to have a look around the Second World War flying boat. The 79-year-old military aircraft was designed to land in the middle of the North Sea, and can fit 10 passengers aboard.
Some of the amusements that were spotted at the airport included waltzers, huck a duck, Toy Story children-themed rides, and even an impressive flight simulator and tall rock climbing wall.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “It’s going to be a great day out and is sold out as it’s the only major airshow in the North of England. People historically remember coming to the airport, it has a special place in people’s hearts.
“It’s set to be a great day that people remember for the future. What a vast array we have got – it’s going to be a hell of an event. It should’ve happened a long time ago and now it can finally get underway. Hopefully, it will be a success and we can have another one!”
Just this week, it was revealed that passenger numbers at the airport are up from last year, and Mr Houchen said that he is very glad the “airport is here to stay.” He added that he’s excited to welcome “over 22,000 local people” to the region’s local airport for the event, where he hopes “everyone has good fun.”
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