Royalty and statesmen

Harry checks the Slingsby Firefly plane with his instructor just before taking off from a Lincolnshire RAF base
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It was the first time the royal had flown the plane since the start of his course to become a helicopter pilot
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Prince Harry takes to the skies on first flight with Army Air Corps

17 FEBRUARY 2009
Prince Harry has taken to the skies just weeks into his elite course to become a helicopter pilot with the Army Air Corps.

The royal looked relaxed as he prepared to fly a Slingsby Firefly at RAF Barkston Heath in Lincolnshire, first checking the light aircraft over with his instructor.

Though the action-man Prince flew the Slingsby during the assessment process for the programme, this was his first time in one during his training.

If he passes the demanding two-year course Harry - who spent ten weeks in Afghanistan last year - could be sent to fly sorties on the frontline.

After the flight the 24-year-old probably compared notes with his big brother. In early January, William flew his first training session at RAF Cranwell, during his training to become a search and rescue pilot.


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