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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:06 am    Post subject: New SAR Recruit Reply with quote

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William to train as rescue pilot
Prince William is to train as a full-time pilot with the RAF Search and Rescue Force, Clarence House has said.

William, who learned to fly with the RAF earlier this year, said he wanted to "serve operationally".

The prince is an officer in the Household Cavalry Regiment and has also spent time with the Navy and Army.

He said he wanted to build on his experience "especially because, for good reasons, I was not able to deploy to Afghanistan this year".

He added: "It has been a real privilege to have spent the past year understanding and experiencing all aspects of the British Armed Forces.

"I now want to build on the experience and training I have received to serve operationally."

William undertook a shortened training course - less than four months compared with the usual four years - and was awarded his wings by his father Prince Charles in April.

His first solo flight came just eight days into his RAF training, when he piloted a propeller-driven Grob 115 E light aircraft round the airfield at RAF Cranwell.

He then trained on the faster Tucano T1 plane at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire.

His final placement was at RAF Shawbury, Shropshire, where he learnt to fly the Squirrel helicopter.

Announcing his plans, the prince said: "The time I spent with the RAF earlier this year made me realise how much I love flying.

"Joining Search and Rescue is a perfect opportunity for me to serve in the Forces operationally, while contributing to a vital part of the country's emergency services."

He will begin 18 months of search and rescue training in January and continue his charitable and royal duties until then, Clarence House said.

He could be flying operationally in 2010 at one of six UK-based RAF Sarf units.

During his training he was criticised for landing a military helicopter in a field belonging to his girlfriend Kate Middleton's family in Berkshire.

At the time, the Ministry of Defence said the landing was fully authorised as part of the prince's attachment to the RAF.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one. If you're already on here William then congratulations on a great career choice M8! thumbup

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well after testing out all the forces at least he settled with the best one Twisted Evil


I bet all those recruits stuck still doing IOT and getting their gas masks ripped off in a room full of CS are pretty peeved to find he doesn't have to do any of it and is getting a free taster around the RAF. Alot of the pilots down there have to serve years and years before they get a chance to take part in the fierce selection for SAR.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...fierce selection...

You make it sound like the SAS. Not really. When I passed fierce selection it was an interview with the Sqn boss...

"They need somebody at Leuchars, wanna go?"
"OK"

And that was as a second tourist (not years and years) onto the Wessex - single pilot SAR, none of this namby 2 pilot stuff on the Sea King. We even had first tourists straight out of training.


Apologies for reviving thread, bored at work with the aircraft in bits while some radios are being fixed...



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...he didn't have to do any of it...

He did Sandhurst
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

..."four weeks instead of four years"...

Lucky him, he must be a real genius.

Eeeeek!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it doesn't change much...does it?!?!?!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's great. Let's be honest if any of us could, i reckon most would - i would run to the front, arm waving, shouting "pick me, pick me, i'll go, over here, he's too fat, pick me" you get the idea. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep that was my idea too Wink Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He flew me on his first day with Chinooks..... Take off was a bit ropey, Loadey was sat in the back crossing himself.....but he got a lot better as the flight progressed. The flight was 15 POB, 14 Souls.

A thoroughly nice chap, who will be an awesome King - won't hear a word said against him Smile
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