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South Wales to witness show of 'Nato airpower'

South Wales residents will be treated to a display of "Nato airpower" this morning when a range military planes join the RAF Red Arrows in a flypast.

Aircraft from the US, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal and the Netherlands will feature along side the aerobatic display team.

RAF graphic showing the formation of the flypast Credit: RAF

Anyone wishing to see the flypast should be in Cardiff Bay for 8.30am, or the Spytty Park, Beechwood and Lliswerry areas of Newport for 8.45am. The jets will then continue to the Celtic Manor Resort for around 9am.

Flypast to showcase 'Nato’s formidable airpower'

The Royal Air Force has tweeted this graphic showing the aircraft that will take part in a flypast over the Nato summit in Wales at 9am on Friday.

The RAF Red Arrows will fly alongside aircraft from the US, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal and the Netherlands.

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RAF jets in Cyprus for possible Iraq surveillance work

RAF Tornado jets have landed in Cyprus overnight where they are on standby for possible surveillance missions over northern Iraq.

An RAF Tornado jet lands in Cyprus Credit: ITV News

Four RAF Chinooks are also due to arrive at the British airbase on the island later today, although it is not clear what their role in Iraq would be.

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Images show RAF preparing for aid drops over Iraq

The Ministry of Defence has released footage showing the successful airdrops of humanitarian aid by the RAF in northern Iraq last night.

Aid bundles ready to be dropped over northern Iraq Credit: RAF/Crown Copyright
The inside of a Royal Air Force Hercules transport aircraft Credit: RAF/Crown Copyright
An RAF airman prepares aid bundles to be dropped over northern Iraq Credit: RAF/Crown Copyright

Call for inquiry to be held over RAF Tornado crash

Scottish MP Angus Robertson says there is an overwhelming need for an inquiry. Credit: PA

Scottish MP Angus Robertson has called for a fatal accident inquiry to be held into the 2012 RAF Tornado crash which killed three people in his constituency.

Speaking after a Ministry of Defence report concluded the accident could have been avoided if the aircrafts had been installed with collision warning systems, he said it was 'extremely distressing' for the families involved and 'damning for the MoD.'

He added: "It is scandalous that the MoD committed to a Tornado collision warning system in 1998, bizarrely cancelled it 12 years later, then changed its mind - but it was all far too late to potentially avert the fatal crash in 2012.

"There is now an overwhelming public interest case for a fatal accident inquiry."

Pilot's anxiety disorder not linked to crash

Flight Lieutenant Hywel Poole, Flt Lt Adam Sanders and Squadron Leader Samuel Bailey died in the crash. Credit: PA

A medical condition suffered by one of the crew who died in a crash between two RAF Tornados has not been linked to the accident which killed him and two others.

A report from the Ministry of Defence revealed the man suffered with 'phobic anxiety disorder' related to flying which affected him at 'medium level.'

It added he had previously sought help with it.

But Air Marshal Garwood from the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) said: "I do not believe his medical condition had any material bearing on the outcome of this accident.

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