London: Prince Harry has stunned instructors on his Apache helicopter course in America by topping his class.
The US trainers, who were worried about how the British heir would shape up, have been “blown away” by his flying skills in the 45million pounds gunship.
The 27-year-old Prince, who is also an Army captain, has scored top marks in all the challenges he has faced at the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, California.
“It sounds like a con, but Harry is genuinely shaping up to be one of the best young Apache pilots this country has ever seen,” the Sun quoted a senior Army source as saying.
“His US instructors have to treat him the same as everyone else, as we all do in the British Army. But they have turned round and said, ‘My God, this guy is the real deal.’
“There are many skills needed to be a top-drawer Apache pilot but apparently it’s Harry’s flying that is particularly impressive.”
“His handling, hand-eye co-ordination, reaction speeds — he’s a natural.”
“Any doubters who said, ‘Harry is Royal — he’s getting special treatment’ can leave the room now. His talent is leaving his trainers open-mouthed,” the source added.
Harry is one of the 20 British trainees spending two months at the hot and dusty Californian complex, which replicates Afghanistan, where Harry will return to frontline action next year.