Red Arrows return for NATO Summit

SOARING: The Red Arrows fly over Barry Island. PIC:Tina Haydon

SOARING: The Red Arrows fly over Barry Island. PIC:Tina Haydon

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THE Red Arrows will make a return visit to South Wales when they stage a flypast treat for NATO world leaders and residents.

An aerial display of military jets from nine different countries will soar across the skies when the NATO Summit is held in Newport this week.

The RAF’s Red Arrows will be joined by aircraft from across the NATO alliance for the flypast over the summit at the Celtic Manor resort at 9am on Friday, September 5.

Vale and Cardiff residents should head to Cardiff Bay at 8.30am for the best view of the planes.

The planes will soar across South Wales, passing the National Assembly building in Cardiff Bay on the way to the summit, where world leaders including Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama will be among delegates from the 28 NATO member states.

Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb said: "This flypast serves as another reminder of how the Summit is putting Wales on the world stage, as people look up and see jets from nations across NATO fill the skies of South Wales.”

The display will showcase NATO’s formidable airpower with aircraft from the UK, USA, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal and the Netherlands. It will be led by an RAF Typhoon flanked by two Polish Mig-29s and finished by the Red Arrows, the RAF’s aerobatic team, which will follow after Voyager, the RAF’s largest and newest aircraft. Other jets will include a Eurofighter and F-16 Falcons.

The display will represent some of the many NATO nations which have been involved in policing the air space across Europe as part of the Alliance’s efforts to support and reassure its Eastern member states.

The NATO Summit will be held on Thursday, September 4 and Friday, September 5.

The conference will host more than 70 world leaders.

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