Prince William to become rescue pilot

Other News Materials 15 September 2008 17:33 (UTC +04:00)

Royal officials say Britain's Prince William plans to become a full-time search-and-rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force, reported CNN.

The prince's Clarence House office says William will begin an 18-month training program in January.

Twenty-six-year-old William learned to fly earlier this year during a stint with the air force. He has also served with the Royal Navy and is an officer in the British Army.

Clarence House says William will transfer from the army to the air force. He will fly Sea King helicopters with an RAF search and rescue team.

William's regiment deployed to Afghanistan this year but for security reasons he was not allowed to go with them. He said Monday that search and rescue work would allow him to serve in the armed forces operationally.