Prince Harry in SoCal for helicopter training

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Prince Harry in SoCal for helicopter training
EL CENTRO, CA (BDCi) — Prince Harry has arrived in Southern California where he will undergo two months of military helicopter training.

The prince, a British Army captain, will begin his training at the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, flying Apache helicopters in the California desert near the Mexico border. The terrain is similar to that of Afghanistan, where Harry could be deployed, and the clear weather allows for long hours of uninterrupted training.

Harry, 27, who has deployed to Afghanistan in the past, will be among 20 British Army comrades participating in the training, set to end in Gila Bend, Ariz., where they will fire missiles, rockets, and cannons from the Apaches.

The program comes at the end of a 16-month training course that British Army pilots must undergo in preparation for possible deployment.

By Janete Weinstein
Source KTLA
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7 October 2011
12:48 a.m. PDT

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