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Prince Charles has ace time at RAF Valley

By PA Reporter

Prince Charles got to experience life aboard a Hawk jet to see how the next generation of flying aces are trained to guard the skies above Britain.

Charles sat in the cockpit of the plane, a Hawk T2 jet trainer aircraft, and was shown the controls by a squadron leader from IV (R) Squadron and Ascent Flight Training on his visit to RAF Valley in North Wales.

Charles also met some of the servicemen and women and staff stationed at the 1,400-strong airbase on Anglesey.

RAF Valley is used as an advanced fast jet training base.

Young pilots train on the Hawk jets before they graduate to pilot Typhoon jets across the globe.

Charles, who is RAF Valley's Honorary Air Commodore, said: "For me it is a pleasure having the chance to visit, however briefly.

"I do recognise just how much difference you make here to the important training of fast jet pilots and how dependant we are on your working as a team to produce incredibly competent pilots."

The visit to RAF Valley was part of a day-long tour of North Wales for Charles.

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