The Sunderland International Air Show is one of the biggest seaside airshows in the country. 2008’s 20th Anniversary show was wiped out by persistant sea fret but 2009 saw clear conditions on both days.
The footage starts with the Red Arrows and a brief interview with 2009 team boss Jas Hawker. Staying with the Royal Air Force, the next featured act are the RAF Falcons with some nice on-board footage from their Chinook jump and and of thier drop into Sunderland. There is also some impressive on-board footage from the Blades.
RAF displays featured well as you would expect at a major seaside venue. However there are international displays from the Dutch and Belgian F-16s. One eye-catching display is the Royal Marines Commando assault involving a Sea King HC4. The Royal Navy make an impressive contribution also displaying the Merlin HM1 and the Black Cats. The Vulcan also features well.
Like the Lowestoft DVD, this is a shorter DVD than say the Biggin Hill production at just over 30 minutes. As record for the Sunderland spectator, it’s a very good reminder of two very good days of flying.