Courting in a Chinook...

  Quickbeam 04:40 22 Apr 2008

click here The quote "It beats the normal show-off manoeuvre, a handbrake turn in an Escort XR3i." puts it into perspective...

It's not looking to good for his future credibility, is it?

We already criticise Andrew for using them to get to golf jamborees and didn't Charles crash a plane off the end of the runway on a remote Scottish island going to a cocktail party or some other essential engagement?

  Forum Editor 06:59 22 Apr 2008

and this young man was able to do it in spectacular fashion. It was an isolated incident in a life that is generally not punctuated by gaffes, and I'm sure a big lesson has been learned.

Let's not make huge mountains out of molehills - he'll learn not to do things like this.

  laurie53 08:06 22 Apr 2008

On the ground for twenty seconds.

Even someone as young as he is cannot get much done in twenty secs!

  interzone55 08:52 22 Apr 2008

Go back to when you were a young-un'. If you had the chance to show off in a helicopter, could you say, in all honesty, that you wouldn't have done it?

Thought not...

  techie4me 10:46 22 Apr 2008

Reports say that Air Chief Marshall (ACM) Sir Glenn Torpy - Chief of the Air Staff went ballistic when he heard what had happened.

That said it’s properly a bit more interesting flying & landing your Chinook next to your girlfriends house than doing circuits around RAF Odiham. And it is after all Flying Officer Wales who one day will be head of the armed forces & a future ACM!
So may be certain routine flying is not as enjoyable as the odd jolly & would you say no to F/O Wales?

  Stuartli 13:55 22 Apr 2008

A Chinook flew around the area of my barber's shop earlier as I was arriving for a haircut.

I joked that one of the Royals had heard about "a really good barber" and was finding somewhere to land...:-)

  peter99co 15:19 22 Apr 2008

That was a close shave then!

  tullie 15:33 22 Apr 2008

Also makes me wonder that if he learned to be a pilot in 4 months,why does it take anyone else 4 years?

  Woolwell 15:40 22 Apr 2008

He is not and I suspect never will be an operationally qualified military pilot. He may be able to fly a trainer solo but I doubt that he was allowed to do much with the Chinook. I have been at the controls of a helicopter but I can tell you that you wouldn't want me to be your pilot.

  Cymro. 16:13 22 Apr 2008

If I was in his position it is just the sort of daft thing that I would have done at his age. They do say that "youth is wasted on the young"

I thought I could get all the girls when I had my first car. It was an Austin Cambridge. Just think how much better I would have done with a Chinook. On second thoughts perhaps not.

  Bingalau 17:29 22 Apr 2008

I think that if it had been another young trainee pilot who had done the same thing, he would have been RTU'd (Immediately if not sooner". As we used to say).

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