Harry expected to earn flying “wings” in coming weeks

St James’ Palace said, “Prince Harry, who is hoping to become an Army Air Corps Helicopter Pilot is getting closer to earn his flying “wings”.

24-year-old Royal, Third in a row to Throne, has already flown solo in a light aircraft and is expected to finish the first phase of his military course in the coming weeks.

Harry is about to finish the Fixed Wing phase of the Army Pilots’ course at RAF Barkston Heath, near Grantham in Lincolnshire.

The Prince flew solo for the first time at the start of March, following nine hours of flight training, and is now learning more advanced techniques including instrument flying and low and high-level navigation, said a St James’ Palace spokesman.

Source added: “All the course members will continue to be assessed right up to graduating onto the Squirrel helicopter at Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) at RAF Shawbury in early May.”

Royal Prince is a lieutenant in the Household Cavalry Regiment, began training in January and appears to have re-directed his career in a bid to give himself a better chance of serving on the frontline.

He is following in the footsteps of his brother Prince William, 26, who earned his wings last year and has just finished the first part of his course to become an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.