Airshow really takes off
HUGE crowds gathered to witness some of the world’s most impressive aircraft take to the skies as the second Skylive airshow reached dizzying new heights.
The event, at Durham Tees Valley Airport, had promised to be even bigger and better than last year, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Around 18,000 spectators of all ages marvelled as state-of-the-art fighter jets like the Eurofighter Typhoon tore through the clouds over Teesside.
One visitor who came to the region to see the acrobatic display was Katie Marshall, 26, who had travelled from York with her son Leon to attend the event.
She said: “I heard about the event from a friend who lives in Stockton and, despite the torrential rain that hit us for about 15 minutes, it’s been great.
“Leon has absolutely loved it as he’s mad about planes and this is his first airshow.
“We’d definitely come back again as it’s really child friendly and there’s so much to do and see.”
As well as impressive aircraft, wing walkers, parachutists and aerobatic teams wowed the audience with death-defying stunts.
Chris Petty, of Skylive Events, said: “We said we wanted it to be bigger and better – we’ve definitely succeeded.
“To bring it back after 26 years, you’ve got to build upon it.
“And that’s what we’ve done. We listened to what people wanted more of and we’ve more than doubled what we had in the air last year.”
One of the highlights of this year’s show was a fast and furious display featuring the Global Stars display team and the twin-engine Eurofighter Typhoon.
On top of that, performances from Amelia Lily and Livin’ Joy sang for the crowds at the event’s VIP section.
Skylive at Durham Tees Valley airport was a hit with young and old