The Royals crack me up. I wish i could pull **** like that.
The Ministry of Defense said the maneuver was part of a planned training exercise designed to help the prince learn to fly in combat situations.
"Battlefield helicopter crews routinely practice landing in fields and confined spaces away from their airfields as a vital part of their training for operations," a statement said.
"These highly honed skills are used daily in conflict zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan."
The Ministry said that due to a shortage of landing fields available for practice, an offer to land near the Middleton house on April 3 was readily accepted.
It said no one got on or off the aircraft, which spent 20 seconds on the ground.
They actually had me going. I was really starting to believe the explanation, until I read this:
Britain's air forces have already come under criticism for allowing William, 25, to fly a Chinook to attend a bachelor party, accompanied by his brother, Prince Harry.
The soldiers gave three cheers as they urged their tired horses north across the uneven hills. Some of the mounts, exhausted after a week of almost continual marching, began to lag behind; others, spurred on by their enthusiastic riders, began to edge past the regiment's commander. "Boys, hold your horses," Custer cautioned; "there are plenty of them down there for us all."
Do you realize how much gas those Chinooks burn? I've read around 358 gallons per hour...
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