Iron Maiden released The Book of Souls last year, and they’re about to hit the road for a world tour in support of their sixteenth studio album. But when we say “hit the road,” we really mean airline runways, since frontman Bruce Dickinson is a licensed pilot and the metal legends are set to tour in a personalised Boeing 747.
— Iron Maiden (@IronMaiden) February 20, 2016
The fully-branded passenger plane is dubbed Ed Force One after Maiden’s zombie mascot, Eddie, whose skeletal visage has appeared on all their album covers, as well as the new plane’s tail. Dickinson, who has worked as a commercial airline pilot and flew previous Ed Force Ones, released a statement explaining why Maiden upgraded to the 232-foot long 747, which can be seen here touching down in Cardiff, Wales this week.
“The greatest benefit of travelling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757, the extent of which fans will have noted on the Flight 666 DVD.”
— Iron Maiden (@IronMaiden) February 19, 2016
Dickinson, a longtime renaissance man who is an accomplished fencer and brews Iron Maiden-branded ale when he’s not flying planes or belting out Maiden standards like ‘The Trooper’ on stage.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) February 19, 2016
Iron Maiden’s world tour, in support of their album The Book Of Souls, kicks off February 24 in Sunrise, Florida. And let’s face it, if the ’80s stalwarts are still flying around in an Eddie-adorned private jumbo jet, they must be doing something right.