Immense speed, power and agility – that’s what the RAF Typhoon display team will bring as it jets into this summer’s Teesside Airshow, it was today (28 March) announced.
The airshow, the only one of its kind taking place in the North of England in 2022, is returning to Teesside Airport on 11 June after a five-year grounding, being delivered by SkyLive Air.
Visitors will now be able to witness a dazzling spectacle as the team from the RAF’s 29 Squadron showcase the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 to the audience, piloted by Flight Lieutenant Adam O’Hare. The Typhoon display is the culmination of months of hard work, preparation and effort for the whole team, made up of specialists from every aircraft trade.
Typhoon is a highly capable, extremely agile, multi-role combat aircraft, powered by two awe-inspiring EJ200 engines. Typhoon is currently used by the RAF in the ‘Quick Reaction Alert’ interceptor role in the UK and the South Atlantic, on Operation SHADER in the Middle East, and recently in support of NATO allies in Eastern Europe.
The Typhoon team is the latest RAF group to join the event, following the news that the Red Arrows and Red Falcons parachute team would also be performing displays on the day, alongside a 300-strong classic car exhibition, funfair, live music, food stalls and much, much more.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “This incredible and impressive modern RAF aircraft is an absolute powerhouse and a real jewel in the crown of their fleet. To have it perform at this year’s Teesside Airshow is another brilliant coup and will leave the audience staggered by its sheer power and noise.
“The display itself will obviously be breath-taking but it’s also a real testament to the talent, dedication and of everyone behind the scenes in our Armed Forces, working hard to keep the aircraft flying not only for this event, but in operations around the world.
“The Teesside Airshow is going from strength to strength and I’m sure the five-year grounding will be worth the wait as we attract thousands of people right across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool and beyond to this unmissable family day.”
Chris Petty, one of the organisers of the Teesside Airshow, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the Typhoon display team to this year’s event, demonstrating the incredible muscle of the aircraft and talent of the pilot and his team.
“This will brilliantly complement the Red Arrows’ astounding aerobatics and add another dimension to the event for the 25,000-strong crowd. Tickets are selling as fast as the Typhoon can fly, so I’d urge people to book now to avoid disappointment.”
Flight Lieutenant Adam O’Hare said: “It’s a dream come true to be able to display such a fantastically agile, powerful, and versatile aircraft to the crowd at the Teesside Airshow. I’m ecstatic to be the Typhoon Display pilot for 2022 and looking forward to sharing that excitement with our fans!”
Tickets are on sale now priced at £10 per adult, £5 per child. A family ticket, consisting of two adults and two children, will be £25 and there is free entry for those aged under six.
The Teesside Airport Foundation will be the charity partner for the event.
For more information on the Teesside Airshow, and to book your tickets, visit www.teessideairshow.co.uk