Press release

NATO jets to soar across Welsh skies in Summit flypast

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World leaders and the South Wales public will be treated to an aerial display of military jets from 9 different countries at the NATO Summit.

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 on Friday 5 September at 9am.

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

In Newport people should be ready to watch the display at 8.45am as it passes south of the City Centre, over Spytty Park, Beechwood Park and Lliswerry.

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:

The eyes of the world will be on Wales next week and we are proud to be hosting Heads of State and world leaders at the NATO Summit.

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 4 and Friday 5 September and will host over 70 world leaders. The main aims of the Summit include addressing emerging threats from failed states, regional conflicts, terrorism and cyber attacks.

Find out more about NATO Summit Wales 2014 or follow the official Summit Twitter account @NATOWales

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