Prince Harry flies closer to the frontline
Prince Harry's hopes of returning to frontline duties will come a step nearer next month when he begins the final stage of his Apache helicopter training.
The Royal will fly to America for exercise Crimson Eagle, an eight-week intensive programme in the states of Arizona and California.
Harry (28) has already been taught to fly the Apache and is now in the final stages of learning how to use the aircraft's deadly firepower and pilot it tactically.
Harry was secretly flown to Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, in December 2007 to work as a forward air controller, serving for 10 weeks.
The Royal, a captain in the Army Air Corps, has spoken publicly a number of times about his wish to serve his country on operations.