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VIDEO: NATO- bound Obama causes a stir flying over the West

By TristanCork  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

The start of the President's aerial cavalcade, captured by Jo Thornbury

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American President Barack Obama caused quite a stir as he landed in Gloucestershire, and then flew over the Cotswolds on his way to the NATO Summit tomorrow.

The US leader arrived at RAF Fairford on Air Force One, and minutes later, a fleet of helicopters made its way across north Wiltshire and south Gloucestershire, heading west over the Severn and to Celtic Manor in Newport.

Residents underneath the flightpath, which included Minety, Malmesbury and Sherston in north Wiltshire, rushed from their homes at the sight of President's aerial cavalcade.

Three C22 VTOL Ospreys from the US Marines were the most striking, acting as 'outriders' with their distinctive rotor blades on wings to switch between aeroplane and helicopter mode.

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Several other helicopters included Marine One, the President's helicopter, followed in a line.

Around half an hour later, the three Ospreys returned along the same route across the Cotswolds, arriving back at RAF Fairford.

Residents along the flightpath rushed from their homes to see the spectacle and then took to Facebook and Twitter to remark on the occasion. One Malmesbury resident, electrician Ollie Smith captured the flypast on video, while Jo Thornbury grabbed a series of photos, admitting she 'had a mop in hand' at the time.

The President is attending the massive NATO Summit in Newport and Cardiff for the next two days, after visiting a primary school in Newport tomorrow morning.

A repeat flight back to Fairford is expected on Friday evening at the end of the summit.

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