Prince Khaled bin Salman, the son of Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, has been pictured in the cockpit of his Tornado jet after piloting it in strikes against the terrorist group in Syria.
He was joined in the skies by the United Arab Emirate’s first female air force pilot, Major Mariam Al Mansouri, 35, whose F-16 fighter was one of several from a group of Arab nations that are blitzing Isis.
Fighters from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, France and the U.S have all flown bombing runs over Syria, with Britain set to add its firepower to the alliance in the coming days.
The Saudi prince is thought to have piloted one of four attack aircraft from the Kingdom in a third night of missions against Isis, also known as Islamic State, according to The Times.
There are thousands of princes in Saudi Arabia, but Prince Khaled is from the very top tier. His father is the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Saudi Arabia – and his father was the King.
It reported that the prince’s participation in the attacks was revealed by the Saudi government not only to reassure the West that it is determined to take a firm stand against extremist groups, but to send a message to the Saudi population that Isis is an enemy of the Kingdom.