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Prince William gets helicopter training in Cornwall

Prince William/Flt Lt Wales. Pic: AFP/Getty Images
Flt Lt Wales could be flying real rescue flights later this year

Prince William is undergoing training as a search and rescue pilot at a Royal Navy base in Cornwall, Clarence House has confirmed.

The 27-year-old prince, who is known as Flt Lt Wales in the RAF, is spending several weeks at RNAS Culdrose.

During his time there, he will be preparing for his exams as part of his course to become a rescue pilot.

The prince's uncle, Prince Andrew, served at the Helston base as a helicopter pilot during the 1980s.

If successful, Prince William will become a fully operational pilot with one of the six UK-based RAF Search and Rescue Force flights later this year.

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