Monday, August 10, 2015
Iron Maiden frontman and experienced pilot Bruce Dickinson made an emergency landing at the RAF Halton base this past week when his replica WW1 Fokker Triplane started to run low on fuel.
The Bucks Herald reports Dickinson diverted his plane into Halton, where RAF personnel were on hand to refuel the historic plane.
“We applaud Bruce Dickinson’s decision to divert to RAF Halton rather than press to his destination with potentially low fuel,” says Squadron leader Gary Coleman, officer commanding operations squadron at RAF Halton. “To see such a well-regarded pilot, and world-renowned rock singer, make this decision is great for our student pilots to see. It makes them realize that anyone can find themselves low on fuel due to unforeseen circumstances and that the right decision is to divert.
"He really does have a magnificent Fokker Triplane, so it was a pleasure to provide it with a home for a few nights until we sent him on his way."
Dickinson holds the coveted Air Transport Pilots’ Licence and has around 7,000 flying hours under his belt.
Iron Maiden will release their first-ever double studio album, “The Book Of Souls”, on September 4.
Produced by Kevin Shirley and recorded in Paris in 2014, the 11-track project was delayed so that Dickinson – who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour – would have time to recuperate and assist in the preparations for the album’s launch.
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