The royal climbed into the cockpit during an event that honored the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

By Erin Hill
September 22, 2015 01:30 PM
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Just one week after Prince Harry put on the traditional green RAF flight suit (and gave royal fans a good look at his scruff!), it was Prince William‘s turn to take to the skies.

William, who is an honorary Air Commandement of RAF Coningsby, visited the Lincolnshire air base to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on Tuesday.

And while mechanical issues prevented Harry from taking flight during his visit (he passed on his seat to a wounded veteran), William was able to go for a spin in an aircraft.

William, 33, also attended a special lunch in the base’s hanger, where he mingled with pilots and engineers from the historic flight 75 years ago.

Prince William in the cockpit of a Chipmonk aircraft at RAF Coningsby.
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The prince trained as a pilot at RAF Cranwell before learning to fly helicopters and serving as a pilot with the RAF Search and Rescue Force in Wales.

William followed in his father’s footsteps as Prince Charles earned his “wings” in 1971 after training as a jet pilot in the RAF. William, who rose up the rank of Flight Lieutenant, officially left military service in September 2013 after the birth of Prince George.

Earlier this year, William began flying as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance and has made several high-profile rescues since assuming duty.

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