Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Flies Vintage Plane for Ice Pilots NWT Show
When not on stage belting out Iron Maiden hits, Bruce Dickinson can occasionally be found controlling another big metal machine: an airplane. And Saturday he did just that, piloting a DC-3 from Edmonton to Yellowknife which was filmed for History Television's show Ice Pilots NWT.
The Edmonton Journal reports Dickinson flew the Douglas DC-3 from Edmonton's Municipal Airport to Hay River in the Northwest Territories. The plane -- which Dickinson dubbed "Ed Force Three" after the band's iconic mascot -- was one of the first the Royal Air Force used in dropping paratroopers over the beaches of Normandy during D-Day operations in 1944.
"It's a classic airplane," Dickinson told the paper. "I did a little bit of flying of these in the States. It's like a vintage car -- there's pretty much nothing automatic on it, apart from the engines, which keep going, and that's it. It's a great airplane. It's historic and an experience, which is rare these days."
A YouTube clip of the flight shows Dickinson preparing for the flight with Mikey McBryan (one of the reality show's stars) saying Dickinson "wanted to fly some vintage airplanes." McBryan also called Dickinson "a real pilot's pilot." Dickinson, meanwhile, said he was surprised at how the company is operated with seemingly more planes at its disposal than employees.
After landing in Hay River, Dickinson signed some autographs before making another trek, this time a roughly 45-minute flight from Hay River to Yellowknife. Dickinson agreed to fly the plane and be filmed for Ice Pilots NWT after being asked if he knew about the McBryan family and the television series, which he did. After