Here’s Footage of Bruce Dickinson Piloting a World War II Bomber Plane
The perks of being a licensed pilot for Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson seemingly know no end: he’s piloted the band around the globe on their world tour, he was at one time a commercial airline pilot, he now owns Cardiff Aviation (an aircraft maintenance company) and he’s even helped children in need and saved endangered species.
Add another perk to the list: flying vintage fighter planes for sport. This isn’t the first time Dickinson has taken to the skies in retired military aircraft — in 2014, he led a reenactment of a World War I dogfight — but it’s the perfect reminder of just how badass the frontman of one of the world’s biggest metal bands is! As if the band’s over-the-top live shows weren’t enough.
The voyage, which took place this past Saturday, July 15th in Toronto, saw Dickinson pilot a Lancaster Bomber that served in the Royal Canadian Airforce during World War II, a replica of which was the very first model airplane he built as a child. Check out footage of Dickinson preparing for the flight below via CBC News and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
Iron Maiden are on tour with Ghost right now; dates here.