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"Prince Harry Awarded His Wings".

Post by 1916 on Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:20 pm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/theroyalfamily/6995380/Prince-William-awarded-his-wings-as-Kate-Middleton-looks-on.html

Flt Lt William Wales was presented with his flying badge during a graduation ceremony at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire by the Prince of Wales, in his capacity as Air Chief Marshal, and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Miss Middleton looked on proudly and applauded during the 30-minute ceremony.

William successfully completed year-long Advanced Rotary Training at RAF Shawbury after training on twin-engined Griffins to become a full-time pilot with the Royal Air Force's Search and Rescue Force (SARF). The Ministry of Defence said he passed with "flying colours".

He is due to begin a Search and Rescue Conversion Course at RAF Valley in Anglesey in Wales where he will be taught to fly Sea King helicopters after he returns from his first official overseas trip representing the Queen to New Zealand and Australia.

The 27-year-old will learn to manoeuvre the aircraft with pinpoint accuracy, enabling him to rescue stricken mountaineers or exhausted swimmers in treacherous conditions.

Prince William is expected to serve in the Falklands this year as part of his training, following in the footsteps of the Duke of York who served as a helicopter pilot in the war in the south Atlantic in 1982. He will become an operational pilot in 2011 and undertake a three-year search and rescue tour of duty.

He was granted Provisional Wings in 2007 after completing a bespoke course designed to introduce him to the RAF and flying.

Prince Harry, who is also training to be a helicopter pilot but with the Army Air Corps, is expected to win his wings in May. The brothers shared a cottage in Shawbury.

Around 1,000 students are trained in all disciplines at RAF Shawbury by the Defence Helicopter Flying School, the Central Flying School (Helicopter) Squadron and the Central Air Traffic Control School.

The Prince also handed out long-service and operational medals to RAF personnel at the Shropshire base.
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