Prince William makes a solo visit to the Royal Air Force Station to open a boxing club

Prince William made a solo trip to Lincolnshire, England on Friday morning, visited the Royal Air Force’s military base at Coningsby, where he met with service personnel, learned about the latest technology used by the military and opened a boxing club.

The Prince of Wales, who formerly flew for the Royal Air Force’s search and rescue force and now serves as an honorary air commander at RAF Coningsby, began his visit with a tour of the base and a stop at the air traffic control centre. There he learned about “Project Marshall”, a multi-billion dollar equipment upgrade for all traffic control radars across Lincolnshire. He also spoke to various employees and reviewed the center’s new radar displays and control systems, which promise to be more efficient.

William then took a look at BAE Systems’ Typhoon Maintenance Facility, where Typhoon jets undergo long-term maintenance and repairs to ensure they are always ready to fly to the front lines. The prince also spoke to the apprentice from BAE Systems Charlotte Wilson and Typhoon Delivery Director Martin Topping everything it takes to keep these powerful machines in tip-top shape. They also discussed some of the technological advances that RAF and BAE Systems are beginning to explore for future use, including exoskeletons, VR headsets and more.

During the trip, the king also had the honor of opening a new boxing club on the base, where service personnel can exercise and train. The idea for the club came about after boxing became hugely popular with those working at the base during the pandemic. William, who has spoken numerous times about the power of sport to improve mental health, also met with some of the other sports groups at RAF Coningsby. And he ended his visit to Lincolnshire with a tour, during which he met and chatted with a number of RAF families who live in the local area.

Prince William trained as a pilot at RAF Cranwell before learning to fly helicopters and then served with the RAF Search and Rescue Force in Wales. He rose to the rank of Flight Lieutenant before retiring from the military in September 2013, just before the birth of his first child. Prince George. And in 2008 his late grandmother Queen Elizabeth bestowed on him the title of Honorary Air Commander at RAF Coningsby.

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