Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson's love for flying is well-known, as he's piloted the band's Flight 666 plane on tours around the world. He's also the CEO of the airline supply and maintenance company Cardiff Aviation Limited. In addition, Dickinson is involved in the charity Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (FSDP).
Along with acting as the vocalist for one of heavy metal's greatest bands, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson is an accomplished pilot. The man could probably kick some ass in a fighter jet ala 'Aces High,' but Dickinson instead chose to pilot commercial aircrafts, including Maiden's own Flight 666 jet. Dickinson recently started his own aircraft maintenance business, Cardiff Aviation Limited, and the singer has just secured a near $8 million investment to help his company soar to new heights.
Iron Maiden dug a little deeper in history for their soldier song, 'The Trooper,' using the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 as their inspiration for the track. Bassist Steve Harris penned the lyrics, inspired not only by the history of the war but also the Lord Tennyson poem of the same name.
Iron Maiden's 'Trooper' beer officially hit the shelves this week, but not all of the markets are on board with the promotion. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports that sales of the beer have been halted in Sweden due to concern of the beer's label running afoul of the country's alcohol requirements.
These have not been the best of times for Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain. Earlier this month, the musician's wife was arrested for allegedly assaulting a man (who may or may not have been Nicko) at the couple's West Boca, Fla., home, and now McBrain's son has been arrested for second-degree petit theft.