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    Britain's Prince Charles, center, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, left, talk to his son Prince Harry, right, as his other son Prince William, second right, looks on following the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England where Prince Harry, received his military commission Wednesday April 12, 2006. Harry, 21, began training at the Royal Military Academy last May to become an army officer in the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry, one of the British army's oldest units. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

LONDON >> Buckingham Palace said Friday that Prince Harry has arrived in the United States for a two-month military helicopter training course.

The prince, a British Army captain, will start his training at the Naval Air Facility at El Centro, California where he will fly Apache helicopters in the desert near the Mexican border. The facility hosts allied troops throughout the year because its hot, dusty conditions replicate Afghanistan’s harsh environment and the clear weather allows for constant flying.

Harry is among 20 students in the British Army participating in the training that ends at an Air Force station in Gila Bend, Arizona where they will fire missiles, rockets and cannons from the Apache helicopters.


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