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Prince Harry loops the loop during thrilling Spitfire flight: video

April 5, 2015
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Though he's clocked countless flying hours during his ten years in the armed forces, Prince Harry had never undertaken a flight like this before. The dare-devil Prince can be seen whooping and cheering as he turns a loop the loop during his first ever flight in a Spitfire plane.

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The dramatic footage, which dates back to August, was released by Buckingham Palace to promote the Royal Foundation's Endeavour Fund, which he launched in 2014 to offer training for wounded servicemen and women.

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Harry, who undertook two tours of Afghanistan and became an Apache pilot. was clearly relishing the chance to fly in one of World War Two's most important flying machines, the Spitfire. He did take the controls for a part of the flight, though an experienced pilot took over to do the stomach-churning trick.

During his maiden flight, Harry put two thumbs up and had a big grin on his face, as the plane flew from Goodwood and over the Isle of Wight. He can be heard saying: "All good things must come to an end," as the thrilling journey comes to an end.

The flight footage was made public as The Royal Foundation’s Endeavour Fund announced that two wounded servicemen won scholarships to begin Spitfire training, with the aim to take part in a flypast making the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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The young Prince launched the scholarship fund in 2014 and returned to meet the two successful candidates, Nathan Forster, who served with the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan in 2011, and Corporal Alan Robinson who currently serves as an Aircraft Technician in the RAF.

The Flypast, hopefully taking place in September, will see 35 Spitfires and Hurricanes from the UK and the rest of the country, flying in formation over the areas of the UK most affected by the fierce aerial combat that took place during the Battle of Britain.

prince harry spitfire © Photo: PA

It was an air campaign waged by Germany on Britain in 1940, and the first major campaign to be fought entirely by air forces.

The Endeavour Fund was fuelled by Prince Harry, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's passion for supporting the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.

Other causes the Fund supports include Walking With The Wounded, and the 2014 Invictus Games, an international, multi-sport event with the aim to inspire recovery of wounded personnel through sport.

The royal, who "stole" the idea from the US Warrior Games, hopes to roll out the event nationwide and even abroad in the next years.

Prince Harry's Spitfire Flight over the Isle of Wight

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