12 June 2013

Captain WalesAs the dust finally starts to settle back over the RAF Cosford airfield, spectators are still talking about the surprise Royal visitor who showed off his flying skills to a record crowd at the Air Show on Sunday 9th June.

Captain Wales, better known as Prince Harry, smiled and waved to the public as he completed the pre-flight checks on his Apache attack helicopter before demonstrating the incredible abilities of the Army Air Corps aircraft.

In his first Air Show performance, Captain Wales flew alongside an RAF Chinook helicopter in the humbling Medical Emergency Response Team demonstration, highlighting how the two aircraft work together out on operations in the life-saving role. He then went on to take part in the individual Apache display, showing off the agility and grace of his deadly attack helicopter.

The Prince couldn’t have picked a better day for his Apache Helicopter image courtesy of Gareth Stringerdebut on the Air Show circuit, as the record crowds enjoyed glorious summer weather with initial estimates indicating an attendance in excess of 50,000.

The 28 year old Royal co-pilot gunner has been drawn from a pool of suitably qualified and experienced, operationally ready, Apache aircrew and ground crew and therefore may be selected to display at other Air Shows throughout the summer.

Other highlights of the 2013 event included a special formation display between the RV8tors and Vulcan XH558 as well as inspiring performances from the RAF Red Arrows and Typhoon jets.

All profits made from the RAF Cosford Air Show are donated to service and local charities.