Iron Maiden’s 747, and Other Airborne Rock Stars
Pour one out for Buddy Holly.
Iron Maiden’s new Boeing 747 touched down at the U.K.’s Cardiff Airport on February 17, it did so with all the style you’d expect from a jumbo jet belonging one of the world’s biggest metal bands. “Ed Force One,” as the group’s private plane is called, will ferry the band across the planet on their 47-stop “The Book of Souls” tour, with none other than lead singer Bruce Dickenson—not to be confused with The Bruce Dickinson—behind the yoke. (Fun fact: He used to fly 757s for charter airline Astraeus when he served as marketing director.)
But Ed Force One is just the latest in a long line of high-flying rock star rides. Rock ‘n’ roll and the jetliner came of age around the same time, and they each found a wonderful partner in the other. Rockers used planes to spread their fame (and loving) around the world; jets used rock ‘n’ roll to seem even more glamorous. It was a match made in heaven. Or, at least at 35,000 feet.