Air­show re­ally takes off

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - NEWS -

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.

KATIE LUNN

Skylive at Durham Tees Val­ley air­port was a hit with young and old

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