- Associated Press - Friday, October 7, 2011

LONDON (AP) - Buckingham Palace said Friday that Prince Harry has arrived in the United States for a two-month military helicopter training course.

The prince, a British Army captain, will start his training at the Naval Air Facility at El Centro, California where he will fly Apache helicopters in the desert near the Mexican border. The facility hosts allied troops throughout the year because its hot, dusty conditions replicate Afghanistan’s harsh environment and the clear weather allows for constant flying.

Harry is among 20 students in the British Army participating in the training that ends at an Air Force station in Gila Bend, Arizona where they will fire missiles, rockets and cannons from the Apache helicopters.