You may want to look out for two very special planes that will be flying over Wrexham this week.

The first, a RAF Hercules, will fly over Wrexham on August 23 to commemorate the unveiling of the RAF Centenary plaque at the RAF memorial garden in Queen’s Square. The event will be attended by the Mayor, RAF personnel and Air Cadets.

You are all invited to this commemorative event which begins at the RAF Memorial Garden on Queen’s Square at 11.30am and finishes at 12.15pm

The Hercules transport aircraft is the backbone of tactical operations since it was brought into service in 1999. The Hercules with its distinctive four propeller engine will grace the town centre skyline at 12 noon. We hope you are able to join us for this special occasion.

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And on Saturday, August 25 we’re all in for a further treat when a Dakota, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, takes centre stage when it flies over the town centre at 2.17pm as part of the RAF100 celebrations and the RAF in Wales Freedom of the County Borough.

For us in Wrexham, the Dakota is particularly appropriate as it was the type of plane flown by David Lord, VC, DFC, whose bravery ensured essential supplies were dropped over Arnhem during World War II even though his plane was damaged and burning and he eventually lost his life. His bravery is recognised in a memorial plaque at the Memorial Hall in Bodhyfryd.

You can read more about the RAF100 and Freedom of the County Borough celebration events here:

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