24-year-old, Ginger haired, Prince Harry is delighted after successfully completing his 40hrs flying basic helicopter pilot’s course with flying colours. And will soon begin advanced training at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire.
Prince Harry, third in line to throne, has gained expertise in take-off, landing, basic helicopter handling and some advanced handling. He has also been successful in completing ground school, which he found difficult initially.
Earlier this year it emerged the Royal Prince had failed the first part of his theory and needed extra tuition to get through. But sources say he has come on well since and is now expected to learn to fly Lynx support helicopters, rather than Apaches or Gazelles which are also used by the Army Air Corps.
Sources added that by opting to fly the Lynx, he may reduce his chances of serving again in Afghanistan. Typically, there are only five Lynxes in theatre at any one time. They are used for reconnaissance, transporting and protecting troops.
A spokesman for St James’s Palace said, “Prince Harry has successfully completed basic flying training at RAF Shawbury and now moves to the advanced flying course.”
The Prince will now start the next training session at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire.
He will take to another 40 hours of flying learning techniques like night-flying, ‘instrument’ flying in bad weather, more emergency drills, and more advanced handling techniques.
If Harry passes this stage in October, he will then move from RAF Shawbury to the Army Air Corps’ base at Middle Wallop, Hampshire for additional training. Should he be successful, he will be awarded his wings next March and will then be assigned to one of the three Army helicopters.