The singer, whose best-known songs include Iron Maiden’s hit “The Flight of Icarus,” piloted a Boeing 757 painted in Iron Maiden colors. Though that particular song was of a failed flight, Dickinson’s flight in his plane, which also transported his band during their recently completed 2011 world tour, was not nearly as precarious. The vocalist/pilot flew around 200 passengers from Newark International Airport to safety from the aftermath of Irene to Reykjavik, Iceland, on behalf of Iceland Express.
Flight schedules were in disarray following the swath of destruction meted out by the hurricane. Winds topped 70 MPH at the height of the storm, which was also responsible for flooding in parts of New York and New Jersey.
Dickinson has been a licensed pilot since 1993, and has logged plenty of hours with his 757 over the years. Whenever he is on break from his work with Iron Maiden, he serves as marketing director and pilot for the British airline Astraeus. Dickinson’s foray into flight began during his leave of absence from Iron Maiden that lasted from 1993 until 1999.
Fly, on your wings, like an eagle. Dickinson to the rescue!
Ed. note: This article was also published on WNCX.com, available here.