The 40-year-old Prince of Wales left the Royal Air Force (RAF) Coningsby military installation in Lincolnshire, England, on Friday morning. William visited the centre to hear more about its most recent technology advancements and to inaugurate a brand-new boxing club for staff members. The prince is currently the Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningsby and formerly served as a pilot with the RAF Search and Rescue Force.
After stopping by the Air Traffic Control Centre to learn more about “Project Marshall,” a multi-billion dollar equipment upgrade for air traffic control radars around Lincolnshire, Prince William continued his tour. He visited the location, mingled with the personnel, and saw the new radar displays and control systems put in place to boost productivity.
The royal relocated to the BAE Systems Typhoon Maintenance Facility (TMF), a facility that provides long-term maintenance for powerful Typhoon aeroplanes so that they are always prepared to fly on the front lines. Prince William discussed potential technology developments with maintenance personnel, including exoskeletons and virtual reality headsets, that the RAF and BAE Systems are looking at.
A brand-new boxing club at the facility was also inaugurated by the Prince of Wales. After boxing became popular at the station during the epidemic, the club was established and will now serve as a central location for military people to exercise and train. William, a fervent supporter of sports’ positive influence, also interacted with other sports teams headquartered at RAF Coningsby.
The solo tour was concluded by Prince William going on a walkabout to meet and mingle with RAF families who reside nearby.
The royal’s visit was emotional for her because she had her flight training at RAF Cranwell before becoming a helicopter pilot and working with the RAF Search and Rescue Force in Wales. Shortly after Prince George was born in September 2013, he departed the military with the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
William has frequented the RAF Coningsby station since since his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II named him Honorary Air Commandant in 2008. In addition to meeting World War II veterans during the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s 60th anniversary in 2017, he spent time in the cockpit of a Typhoon aircraft in 2018.