According to a published report from the Mirror, NWOBHM legend Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, who flies the band on tours, has been made an honorary Royal Air Force (RAF) Group Captain. The heavy metal legend was enrolled as a member of the 601 (County of London) Squadron this week as a reward for his long-term support of the RAF. According to the article Dickinson, 61 has a net worth around £90 million trained as a pilot after taking a break from Iron Maiden in the 1990s. He rejoined in 1999, flying his bandmates in Ed Force One, an adapted Boeing 747. The plane’s livery includes the band’s logo and mascot, Eddie, painted on the tail. Continue reading
Iron Maiden’s personal jet, Ed Force One, arrived at Cardiff, Wales airport in the UK last night as the precursor to their 2016 World Tour. The bands shared pictures and videos across their social networks. Ed Force One is to be piloted by Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson, who works as a commercial airline pilot in is his away from music. You can see the video at this link or below:
The group released a statement about the plane and travel plans for the tour:
“Ed Force One, our new 747 jumbo, is all branded-up, ready to go and Bruce has his shiny new 747 type rating so he can fly the plane.
“As we initially announced, we’ll be using Ed Force One right around the world as usual but also including the first few shows in Europe this time, making this the first time EF1 has visited Europe on tour.”
“However, after the Swedish show at Gothenburg Ullvei Stadium on June 17, we’ll be reverting to our traditional truck and bus touring methods as logistically this makes much more sense considering the lesser distances involved and airport parameters.”
The band is also featuring content on social networks like Instagram and Periscope, where they gave an interactive live streaming
walk around earlier today.