In April 1978 Edward Cartner was serving his fifth tour of duty as an officer at the Royal Air Force’s No.1 Parachute Training School* when it was announced that HRH the Prince of Wales, accompanied by his brother Prince Andrew would be attending to train as military parachutists.
Training personnel to jump out of an aircraft without hurting themselves is a demanding enough occupation under normal circumstances, calling for no less than 100% efficiency, but when your students are the heir to the throne and his younger brother, it adds something a new dimension to the exercise (to say the least!).
As the officer in charge of training the young princes, Edward Cartner immediately realized that he was about to undertake a task that would lead him into uncharted waters (or should that be airspace?) where he would be subject to levels of responsibility and anxiety well beyond the remit of normal parachute training courses.