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Monday, December 1, 2008

Rotorcraft Report: Prince Harry Submits Request to Become Pilot

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Prince Harry, son of Prince Charles of Wales and the late Princess Diana, has submitted a request to become a helicopter pilot in the British Army. The 24-year-old prince, who received his commission in April of 2006, is currently a lieutenant assigned to the Household Cavalry Regiment. He spent two months as a forward air controller and was decorated for his actions while deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year.

Prince Harry has already passed the written aptitude test to be an aviator, and has begun a four-week assessment at Middle Wallop in Hampshire where his suitability to be a pilot is being examined. The final part of the application process is an interview with the Pilot’s Selection Board that will decide if he will be accepted into primary flight training in January 2009.

If accepted, Prince Harry will leave his current regiment and, upon graduation from flight training, most likely be assigned to fly an Apache, a Lynx or a Gazelle helicopter.

Prince Harry’s older brother, Prince William, became an RAF helicopter pilot earlier this year.

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