Prince Harry could soon be back on the front line against the Taliban – as the pilot of a 200mph attack helicopter. According to sources, the 25-year-old trainee pilot has put his name down to fly the new heavily-armed £30million Lynx 9A machines. It means that the Army officer – known as Lieutenant Harry Wales – could soon be back in combat in Afghanistan.
One source said Harry, who has regularly come in the top 10% of students on his training course, was “shaping up to be a superb helicopter pilot”. The source added: “Flying the new 9A is his wish and if it is approved the only duty he can perform is flying on combat in Afghanistan.”
The Lynx 9A has a two-man crew – both trained as pilots in case one is killed or disabled in action – and two giant Rolls-Royce engines giving a top speed of 201mph.
The first four of the choppers have just been delivered to the Army. Another eight are due over the rest of the year.
Harry, who fought on the ground for ten weeks in Afghanistan, has always expressed a burning wish to go back and battle the Taliban.A spokesman for the Army said: “Lt Harry Wales could fly Apache or Lynx helicopters if he successfully completes the Army Pilots Course.”
Prince Harry is expected to graduate as a fully-qualified helicopter pilot in May.
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