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Prince Harry qualifies as Apache pilot

March 10, 2011 – Prince Harry has reportedly earned his wings by completing a training course to fly Apache helicopters.


March 10, 2011
By Melissa Damota


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March 10, 2011 – Prince Harry has reportedly earned his wings by completing a training course to fly Apache helicopters.

After completing a ten-month course, the 26-year-old could now pilot the chopper in Afghanistan as early as spring 2012.

The prince received his flying wings in May last year before enlisting in a ‘conversion to type’ course at the Army Air Corps Base in Middle Wallop, Hampshire.

‘It is a huge honour to have the chance to train on the Apache, which is an awesome helicopter,’ he said before beginning his course last May.

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‘There is still a huge mountain for me to climb if I am to pass the Apache training course. To be honest, I think it will be one of the biggest challenges in my life so far.

‘I am very determined, though, as I do not want to let down people who have shown faith in my ability to fly this aircraft on operations. It is a seriously daunting prospect but I can't wait.’

According to The Sun, the Prince – whose official military title is Lieutenant Wales of the Army Air Corps – has now completed the gruelling training to become an Apache pilot.

A spokesman for the young royal said he was ‘delighted’ to have achieved the prestigious qualification.

Prince Harry completed a tour of Afghanistan with the Household Cavalry in 2008 and could return to the frontline as an Apache pilot before British troops’ expected departure from the region in 2015.


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