Prince Harryâ€™s flying instructors liken him to Top Gunâ€™s Maverick.
Just like the trainee fighter ace played by Tom Cruise in the 1986 film, they reckon the Royal, 24, is an â€œinstinctive pilotâ€.
Sources revealed it was Prince Harryâ€™s natural flair for flying that saw him scrape through a four-week selection course.
Prince Harry, recently split from girlfriend Chelsy Davy, had trouble remembering checks and procedures and was rated â€œaverageâ€ overall.
His instructor predicted he would struggle with ground school during his two-year Army Air Corps helicopter training â€” and sure enough Prince Harry failed a maths exam in his first week.
Lieutenant Wales, as Harry is known, was put on â€œGround Warning Oneâ€ and is having extra tuition before a retake.
But Prince Harry, hoping to fly Apache attack choppers, can take heart from the movie.
Maverick makes good despite run-ins with top brass â€” after being told: â€œYouâ€™re one hell of an instinctive pilot.â€
Last night a source at the Army flying unitâ€™s HQ in Middle Wallop, Hants, said: â€œUltimately [Prince] Harryâ€™s flair could carry him through too.â€