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Estonia and NATO flags at Ämari air base. Source: Valner Väino/Kaitsevägi

Weather permitting, aircraft of the Estonian Air Force and allies will fly over the cities of Kardla, Kuressaare, Parnu, Viljandi, Tartu, Rakvere and Tallinn on February 24, the Independence Day of Estonia.

The flyover along the route Tallinn, Haapsalu, Kärdla, Kuressaare, Pärnu, Viljandi, Tartu, Paide and Rakvere will take place from 12 noon until 2 p.m., the Estonian Air Force said.

The flyover will be performed by L-39 training jets and a M-28 transport aircraft of the Estonian Air Force, Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets of the German Air Force deployed to the Amari airbase for the Baltic air policing mission, Eurofighter Typhoon air policing jets of the Italian Air Force deployed to the Siauliai airbase in Lithuania, and F-15 fighter jets of the US Air Force accompanied by KC-135 taker aircraft from Lakenheath airbase in the UK. 

Residents and guests of Tallinn will also be able to see, weather permitting, a Robinson R44 helicopter of the Estonian Air Force perform a flyover over Freedom Square in Tallinn with an Estonian flag at around 10:15 a.m.

The Estonian and allied aircraft will take off simultaneously but from different locations. Hence, different aircraft should be seen above each of the cities in the course of the one-hour period. 

On Tuesday, Defense Counselor at the Estonian Embassy in Washington Kadri Peeters tweeted a map of the route and when the aircraft will fly over each city.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the time to noon to 2 p.m. and add the route map.

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Editor: Helen Wright

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