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Prince Harry will mix helicopter training with Vegas partying

by Nicole
September 4, 2011 at 10:52 am

Prince Harry will start Apache helicopter training in California in October.

The 26-year-old will train at two U.S. military bases in California and Arizona as part of an Apache attack helicopter course conducted by his country’s Defense Ministry.

He will spend two-and-a-half to three months in the US . Harry’s spokesperson Nick Loughran previously confirmed that the prince “will be coming to the States at some point in the next couple of months for a handful of courses … in parts of Arizona and California .”

Harry will arrive will arrive in early October at the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, Calif., to take part in Exercise Crimson Eagle, which is the culmination of his “Conversion to Role” course that he has started in Wattisham, Suffolk.

The training will consist of environmental training, live firing and tactical exercises.

The prince, who was recently promoted to a Royal Air Force Captain, will learn how to use weapons systems on board a helicopter and take part in mock combat missions.

But his visit to the US won’t be just be about work. According to a military source, Harry plans to spend 48 hours in Las Vegas during his 12-week helicopter training.

“The course doesn’t have much downtime – it’s pretty ­intense. This is a chance for pilots to let their hair down, kick back and enjoy ­themselves,” the source told the U.K. ‘s Sunday Mirror.

Harry recently made headlines after he jumped into a pool fully clothed at an open air
nightclub, while on holiday in Croatia .

Media reports say the prince will receive a royal dressing down from his military superiors for his antics.

“There will be words. This is customary when a (army) captain’s behavior raises eyebrows,” a royal source told British newspaper Daily Star.

“In a few weeks, he will go to a base in Arizona as part of his training with the elite of the elite. He has to remember who he is and what his job is and learn how to behave. The prince was on leave but this behavior demonstrates that there is a question over his judgment. Harry knows he is going to be photographed and has to use a bit of common sense.”

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