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Prince Harry to train to be pilot

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Prince Harry saw active duty with the Blues and Royals in Afghanistan

Prince Harry is to train to become an Army Air Corps helicopter pilot after passing the unit's selection process.

Clarence House said the prince would start training next month now he has completed a four-week course to assess his talent and ability to fly.

Earlier this year, the 24-year-old, an officer in the Household Cavalry Regiment, served in Afghanistan and has said he would like to return.

His brother, Prince William, was awarded his RAF pilot's wings in April.

Prince Harry's father, Prince Charles, and uncle, the Duke of York, have also learned to pilot military helicopters.

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To pass the selection test, candidates had to chalk up 13 hours of flying, during which they had to prove their ability to learn and progress.

If Prince Harry now goes on to successfully complete the 16-month full training process, he could fly one of three different types of helicopter; a Gazelle, Lynx, or Apache.

Footage of Prince Harry serving in Afghanistan

The Gazelle and Lynx are used for reconnaissance and moving troops, while the Apache is used for attack purposes.

Last December, Prince Harry flew to Afghanistan with the Blues and Royals where he completed 10 weeks of active service, making him the first royal in over 25 years to serve in a war zone.

But his tour of duty was cut short after a media blackout was broken, leading to fears the leak would make him a target of the Taleban.

After his return, he spoke of the experience as among the happiest of his life and of his desire to return to the frontline "very, very soon".

In September, it was announced Prince William is to train to become a full-time search and rescue pilot with the RAF



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