THE Skylive Airshow took off in style today when thousands of people took the opportunity to enjoy some aerial displays – despite a heavy downpour leaving fans ducking for cover.

Durham Tees Valley airport hosted the second annual event where deafening airborne and arena-based entertainment proved a winner for visitors.

Displays from the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon team and a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight were expected to be launched from the airport throughout the day.

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Action at the event organised by Teesside businessmen Chris Petty and Steve Davies also included static displays of cockpits, bombers and helicopters, alongside military vehicles.