Prince William Dishes on Piloting Helicopters, Saving Lives + More
Prince William will be appearing in the BBC television documentary ‘Helicopter Rescue.’ Check out these sound bytes from him on saving lives and more!
Prince William may be royalty—but that doesn’t mean that he just sits around all day. He’s been a helicopter search and rescue pilot with the RAF since 2010, and in 2012, he earned the qualification that allows him to captain missions, rather than being a co-pilot. Indeed, he’s so invested in what he’s doing that instead of leaving service at the end of his commission in 2013, he’s signed up for another three-year commission through 2016. UPDATE: Or is he? According to Us Weekly, he’s handed in his pink slip. Hmmm…
In any event, guess what? We’re now going to get the chance to watch William and his fellow RAF rescue pilots at work! The documentary television program Helicopter Rescue, which saw its first broadcast in 2012, returns for a new series to BBC One Wales on April 8. In it the show’s crew gains exclusive access to follow the crews based at RAF Valley on Anglesey and RMB Chivenor in Devon—which of course means William will be making a few appearances.
People got a sneak peek of the show (lucky beasts!). Though it’s not clear whether or not Helicopter Rescue will be making it stateside to BBC America, here are a few sound bytes from William’s appearances on it to tide you over until we know:
On why he does it:
“There’s not greater feeling than when you’ve actually done some good and saved someone’s life. I don’t think there’s any greater calling in life… to be able to see a son or daughter’s face when you bring their mother or father back from the edge of death—it’s quite powerful.”
On the role of the captain:
“As captain you’re trying to play out the entire rescue, the transit to the rescue and back again in your mind, and pick up any circumstances or problems you can foresee, and try and fix them on the ground before you get airborne.”
On challenges, danger, and fear:
Says Master Aircrewman Richard Taylor, “It’s a challenging procedure and inherently dangerous to put a man on a very thin piece of wire, hanging underneath nine tons of helicopter that’s susceptible to turbulence and problems itself, and may have to fly away.” Do they ever get scared? Of course. But that’s just part of the job.
Talk about Prince Charming!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.