File Under 'Good to Know': Iron Maiden Has a 757, and the Band's Frontman Flies It
Yes, this airplane totally exists and yes, we feel kinda late to the news since it's actually been tooling around the world since notorious heavy metal band Iron Maiden customized an Astraeus Airlines Boeing 757 in 2008 to fly around on their world tours. It wasn't until this week that we really learned what we were missing, when Lonely Planet's US Editor Robert Reid hopped onboard "Ed Force One" for a tete-a-tete with Iron Maiden frontman (and the plane's Captain) Bruce Dickinson. You can read the first bit of Reid's adventures here.
What the what?! It just seems too awesome to handle. Heavy metal man Dickinson goes from flying high on stage to champion fencer to flying high literally, as a part-time pilot with Astraeus. Iron Maiden is still touring, believe it or not, but Bruce makes time to jet. Andhere's the real newsthe plane is now on a somewhat regular schedule flying to the US from Iceland, with international low-cost carrier Iceland Express.
If you love spotting rare airplane livery or you're just an Iron Maiden fan, watch the runways at Chicago-O'Hare, Newark-Liberty and Reykjavik-Keflavik airports for the famous Boeing. Iceland Express' seasonal service to these cities has just kicked off, and Ed Force One has been assigned to them for the time being.
A new tail design for 2011?
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