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Prince Harry surprises crowds in Apache helicopter at Royal Air Force show

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Sure royal princes have done military service for generations. Prince Charles was in the Navy while his brother, Andrew, was a helicopter pilot during the Falklands war. But few have embraced full-on military life like Prince Harry.

He’s served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, the most recent as an Apache attack helicopter pilot. Described as a natural pilot, he reportedly finished top of his class during advanced training in the United States.

While his work is largely away from public areas, Capt. Wales made a surprise appearance at a Royal Air Force show over the weekend, showing off his skills. Selected because of his experience in Afghanistan, he thrilled crowds by putting the manoeuvrable aircraft through its paces.