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Cold War sentinel aircraft confirmed for Wales Airshow

Introduced as a sentinel against the Soviet Bloc at a time when the UK's Prime Ministers included Harold Macmillan and Harold Wilson, an all-weather fighter plane from the Cold War will be taking to the skies above Swansea this summer.

Sea Vixen

A display from the world's last flying Sea Vixen, operational between 1962 and 1972, has been confirmed for the Wales Airshow taking place in the city on Saturday July 1 and Sunday July 2.

With a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet and a top speed of 610 knots, the Sea Vixen was designed by de Havilland at its facility in Hertfordshire in the late 1940s.  

Swansea Council is behind the free Wales Airshow, which is being sponsored this year by Swansea University.

Frances Jenkins, the council's Strategic Manager for Culture, Tourism, Marketing and Events, said: "Combining with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Sea Vixen display will meet the aspiration for nostalgia that events like the Wales Airshow generate.

"As well as cutting-edge modern aircraft, state-of-the-art aerobatic displays and ground-based entertainment, the Sea Vixen performance will be among many that will give free entertainment to hundreds of thousands of people this summer.

"This will be the third consecutive year for the Wales Airshow in Swansea, which shows how committed the council is to consistently organising top quality entertainment for local residents and visitors to the city.

"More aircraft taking part will be confirmed over coming weeks as we continue to develop the event's programme."

Figures show the Wales Airshow is worth more than £1m to Swansea's economy, due to the spending the event generates in the city's hotels, shops, restaurants and other businesses.

Other displays already conformed for this summer's Airshow include the RAF's Red Arrows and Typhoon display teams.

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