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Prince William to become search and rescue pilot

world Updated: Dec 13, 2009 17:17 IST

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Prince William, the second in-line to the British throne, is set to become a rescue pilot after completing an advanced helicopter course with "flying colours".

The future King graduated with "flying colours" after an intensive training course at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.

27-year-old Prince William is now qualified to fly solo missions in military helicopters after clocking up 40 hours in the air on his own.

A St James's Palace spokesman said the Prince "has learnt how to fly helicopters. Now he has to learn how to fly helicopters and how to use a winch to rescue people."

"Prince William is pleased to have completed his intensive course with the advanced rotary training at RAF Shawbury and is looking forward to going to RAF Valley for the next stage of his training," 'Daily Telegraph' quoted his spokesman as saying.

Next year the Prince, or Flight Lieutenant William Wales as he is known in the RAF, qualifies in his ambition to become an RAF search and rescue pilot, the report said.