Yes, Iron Maiden’s lead singer is also a commercial airline captain, flying the Boeing 757-200 for Astraeus Airlines. In fact, in an unheard of move Bruce Dickenson worked with Astraeus Airlines to create the world’s only Boeing 757-200-Combi, so he could fly Iron Maiden around the world during their 2008 Somewhere Back In Time Tour.
Converting an aircraft into a ‘combi’ is a major undertaking, once the conversion is completed the aircraft that has its main deck configured for both passengers and cargo. You can see Iron Maiden’s Boeing 757-23A-Combi, named “Ed Force One” in the documentary film “Flight 666” (which I am actually watching as I write this post)
…but on to the point of this post, a while back it seems that the Discovery Channel sent Bruce Dickenson off to the Airbus testing facility in Toulouse, France to push the Airbus A320 to the limits. I have seen testing footage from Boeing and Airbus in the past, however never presented in such an entertaining manner as having Bruce Dickenson at the controls.
Clear 6 minutes and 50 seconds from your schedule and click the video below … prepare to be wowed and amused all at the same time.