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Prince Harry qualifies as Apache chopper commander

Saturday - 7/6/2013, 7:00pm  ET

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In this photo taken Dec.12, 2012, Britain's Prince Harry makes his early morning pre-flight checks on the flight-line, from Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan. Prince Harry is now qualified to command a British Apache attack helicopter, the culmination of his training over the last three years. Harry, known as Capt. Wales in the army, earlier this year completed a 20-week deployment in Afghanistan as a co-pilot gunner on an Apache attack helicopter and since then has flown missions in the U.K. His commanding officer, Lt. Col. Tom de la Rue, Friday July 5, 2013 called the qualification a "tremendous achievement," saying in a statement that Harry passed with "flying colors." (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's defense ministry says Prince Harry has qualified to command an Apache attack helicopter -- the culmination of his training over the last three years.

Harry, known as Capt. Wales in the army, earlier this year completed a 20-week deployment in Afghanistan as a co-pilot gunner on an Apache and since then has flown missions in the U.K.

His commanding officer, Lt. Col. Tom de la Rue, called the qualification a "tremendous achievement," saying in a statement Friday that 28-year-old Harry had passed with "flying colors."

The military said Harry had undergone months of training to prepare for the test, which involved a "grueling" six-hour flying assessment which took him all over the U.K. and required him perform a variety of tasks including simulating a low-level attack.


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