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Look, it's Monday. Do we just want to spend the rest of the day watching a rocker rock-out (in a slightly different way) within a Boeing 747-8 flight simulator, and otherwise talk about how flying is "like breathing, really; it's one of the most essential things?"
Our fascination with Iron Maiden lead singer (and licensed commercial pilot) Bruce Dickinson actually began when we discovered he jets around in a Boeing 757 custom-painted with the band's logo (and a badass tail). Then he considered saving an Icelandic LCC, and we were intrigued. Doesn't he have, like, rock concerts to play or something?
Happily Dickinson indulges both his passions, for music and aviation, and this earned him a sweet little visit to Boeing's HQ outside Seattle. Check out the resulting video below:
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It's still one month until Christmas and already we've found a lump of coal in our stocking. Yesterday, the low-cost airline Iceland Express went out of business after its operator, Astraeus, went bankrupt. This sucks! It's bad news no only because it's horrible when a company travelers count on ceases to operate, but also because Iceland Express' cheery orange planes were the only option for affordable one-way flights from New York to Iceland, and even on to Europe.
Going roundtrip on Iceland Express from New York to Reykjavik could go as low as $399, and secretly we've been dreaming of hopping a transatlantic cruise, then returning from London via Iceland Express with a stopover in Iceland. Perhaps it all seemed too perfect, we knew it wouldn't last. The airline even had Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson as a pilot.
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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.