Bruce Dickinson Says His Time As A Pilot Was Way More Rock And Roll Than Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson recalled the time he was working as a licensed pilot in his latest interview with ABC News and talked about piloting Ed Force One besides being a famous rock star. He stated that working as a pilot was more exciting and full of adventures than his music career.

Bruce Dickinson proved that he’s a multitalented person and a successful business entrepreneur after getting his pilot license and working for British charter airline Astraeus. Also, the singer became their marketing director and worked as a captain. After the company’s closure in 2011, Dickinson launched his own aircraft maintenance and pilot training company Cardiff Aviation in the following year.

In addition to his projects in the aircraft industry, Dickinson started to fly a specifically modified Boeing 747-400, which was named Ed Force One, during Iron Maiden’s tours all around the world. He used the plane during the Somewhere Back in Time World Tour, which also inspired a documentary entitled ‘Iron Maiden: Flight 666,’ directed by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn and was released on April 21, 2009.

Dickinson continued to use Ed Force One in The Final Frontier and The Book of Souls world tours, so it can be said that the singer’s flights both for Iron Maiden events and as a job were full of unforgettable stories. Also, it made him one of the few musicians who could use their own plane for their journeys to different places in the world. He emphasized that airline stories were always crazier than rock and roll ones because it was more ‘rock and roll’ than Iron Maiden’s stage performances.

Dickinson shared his idea,s saying:

“What’s even more interesting than Ed Force One is how the hell did I end up being an airline pilot in the first place? And secondly, how do you become an airline pilot whilst you’re singing in a rock ‘n’ roll band? I’ve got more crazy airline stories than rock ‘n’ roll stories because, trust me, the days of the airline were way more rock ‘n’ roll than Iron Maiden is on stage. Well, off stage, rather.”

The Iron Maiden frontman didn’t forget to mention that he’s still surprised about how he became a pilot while performing and recording with his band all the time. He drew attention to being an airline pilot and rock star, which he finds very interesting and unbelievable.