Prince William mans pumps after leaping on fire engine to tackle burning plane as he visits Top Guns at old base

PRINCE William manned a water pump today after leaping on a fire engine to tackle a burning plane.

Wills, 42, returned to see his old pals at his RAF Search and Rescue base in Wales.

Prince William manned a water pump after leaping on a fire engine to tackle a burning plane


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Prince William manned a water pump after leaping on a fire engine to tackle a burning planeCredit: Reuters

William takes part in a simulated fire response exercise today


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William takes part in a simulated fire response exercise todayCredit: Reuters

The Prince of Wales arrives for an official visit at RAF Valley
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The Prince of Wales arrives for an official visit at RAF ValleyCredit: Getty

Wills, 42, spent three years stationed at RAF Valley in Anglesey
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Wills, 42, spent three years stationed at RAF Valley in AngleseyCredit: AP:Associated Press
He spent three years stationed at RAF Valley in Anglesey serving as a pilot between 2010 and 2013.

It is home to No. 4 Flying Training School (4FTS), responsible for training the UK’s next generation of world-class fighter pilots.

The first stop of the day was the Air Traffic Control Tower where the Prince visited the control rooms and heard from staff about new surveillance equipment.

He then found out about a £44million project which is currently underway to refurbish RAF Valley’s second runway.

The Prince of Wales next witnessed a training exercise as crew members took part in a simulated fire response.

He presented The Prince of Wales Award to Flight Lieutenant Jake Fleming which recognises the best Qualified Flying Instructor within
the 4FTS.

When William left RAF Valley in 2013, he said: “I know that I speak for Catherine when I say that I have never in my life known somewhere as beautiful and as welcoming as Anglesey.

“I know that both of us will miss it terribly when my search and rescue tour of duty comes to an end next month and we have to move elsewhere.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making my wife and me so welcome when we arrived here, as you do thousands of visitors each year.”

He said the island had been their first home together and would always be an “immensely special place for us both”.

And added: “Catherine and I look forward to returning again and again over the coming years with our family.”

William is seen laughing at RAF Valley this afternoon
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William is seen laughing at RAF Valley this afternoonCredit: Getty

Crew members took part in a simulated fire response
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Crew members took part in a simulated fire responseCredit: Getty

Prince William is briefed about new surveillance equipment
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Prince William is briefed about new surveillance equipmentCredit: Getty

He heard from staff in the Air Traffic Control Tower
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He heard from staff in the Air Traffic Control TowerCredit: Getty

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