Prince Harry and his fellow pilots are heading to Las Vegas for an intense Apache helicopter training course known as the “Exercise Crimson Eagle” for 12 weeks.
However, only 48 hours of that time will be spent in Las Vegas midway during his training in California and Arizona.
A military source said Sin City is a “traditional” breather for Apache trainees, and it will be for Prince Harry. “The course doesn’t have much downtime,” the source said. “It’s pretty intense. This is a chance for pilots to let their hair down, kick back and enjoy themselves.”
The Prince will be participating in the Apache training camp in California and Arizona. It features “environmental training, live firing and tactical exercises,” his rep told reporters last week.
Once Harry wraps up his Stateside training, he will be a full-fledged Apache pilot, and could be re-deployed to the front lines in Afghanistan.
Earlier reports suggested that the Prince could fly a helicopter in operations against insurgents by summer 2012.
“Harry is an Army pilot and will deploy wherever the Army chooses to send him,” a Clarence House rep said recently. “His deployment will be a matter for the Army chain of command.” That sounds like a scary mission.