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Iron Maiden Star = First Officer On BA?  
User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1621 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7301 times:

Saw an intriguing item on "pop years" on sky one this evening, which said that Bruce Dickinson, of Iron Maiden fame, has a pilots license, and is an "occasional first officer for British Airways"

I'm sure this is rubbish, as I've never heard of a part time commercial pilot/rock star, but thought I would check with you good folks for confirmation!

does anyone know the truth behind this?

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User currently offlineSa365c1 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7242 times:

Hi,

Its actually true but not for BA its Astreaus on the Boeing 737, he did fly for British World previously on the 757, he has his own astec PA23.

Regards
Del


User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1954 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7204 times:

Last I heard he flew 737's for Astreus.





[Edited 2004-05-06 21:57:01]


This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1621 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7168 times:

Well there you go!

The programme got the airline wrong, but the story right!

Good for Bruce : millionaire, own plane, commerical pilot, rock star...... who could want more  Smile

Thanks for your responses Sa365c1 and DL_Mech !


User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3414 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7105 times:

who could want more?

he could still want to be half as rock'n as Paul Di'Anno. though he'll never be close.



When in doubt, one B pump off
User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7069 times:

Bruce is definitely a FO for Astraeus on 737s.

Here is a shot of him on the flight deck.  Big thumbs up



Ryanair737  Smile


User currently offlineEMBTucano From Brazil, joined Feb 2004, 246 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6963 times:

he could still want to be half as rock'n as Paul Di'Anno. though he'll never be close.

Completely agree with you ..

It is funny to see him with using a pilot's uniform .
He is sure a lucky guy.

Cheers
EMBTucano



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User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 6815 times:

I met Bruce when he was a 757 First Officer for British World - great guy. As has been mentioned he is indeed now with Astraeus.

Also, you can be a part time pilot with most airlines, my present company allows pilots to work a 50% or 75% roster if they wish (with appropriate pro-rata pay).



I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6723 times:

y not, theres n x IK cricket player as pilot on ZY-good luck to them

User currently offlineTu154m From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 683 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6629 times:

On Maiden's last tour thru Europe, Astraeus had a 737 done up as "Bruce Air". With Bruce flying it took lucky fan club members from London to Paris and I think Dublin!!!!!! The other members of Maiden served as waiters in the cabin!!!!!!!!! I think a small allotment of tickets were available for the public to purchace thru Iron Maidens website. Thats really a cool promotion, both for Maiden and Astraeus!!!!!
S



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User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1954 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6573 times:



The flight operated as flight 666.



http://forum.maidenfans.com/index.php?showtopic=2992

[Edited 2004-05-07 04:12:16]


This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlineIndio66 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6561 times:

I hear he's a heck of a footballer, or as we say soccer player.

User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6484 times:

""he could still want to be half as rock'n as Paul Di'Anno. though he'll never be close.""

At least you didn't say Blayze Bailey


Bruce Dickensen is one of the best fencers in the world too, he has been featured in Sports Illustrated in the past.

Dickensen was also shown in Airliner World Magazine in their article for Astreus Airlines sitting in the cockpit.



User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6462 times:

Didn't Bruce beat cancer as well? Thought I heard he had prostate cancer?

why would someone like him want to work for Astreus airlines?

is he just not good enough to hold BA/VS?

I am a huge maiden fan, so no disrespect on my part in the above question.

UAL 777 CONTRAIL


User currently onlineGordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2128 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6297 times:

is he just not good enough to hold BA/VS?

So by your definition BA or VS pilots must be better somehow than those in "lesser" airlines?

Get a grip on reality mate - it doesn't matter what airline you fly for or what type you fly, a pilot is a pilot, end of story.

Regards,
Gordon.



Statistically, people who have had the most birthdays tend to live the longest.
User currently offlineGodBless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6121 times:

Doesn't John Travolta also fly the 744 for Qantas when he is not on a world tour with his own 707 or in a studio for another movie?

Max


User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6050 times:

I would love to see Gene Simmons fly!  Big thumbs up


The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
User currently offlineDebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2434 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5993 times:

@Max

Hi, I doubt it, that John Travolta is a regular Qantas Pilot... BUT, again, to my knowledge he served Qantas to get his licence approved and did a B747Cpt. rating in order to fly on his own B707... any information on this subject or most welcomed...


User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5794 times:

gordo smalls,
A pilot is a pilot, but usually the majors get the pick of the crop, the little guys get what's left. A pilots salary is better at a major than a little guy so the question still goes unanswered. Did he apply to a major such as VS or BA? or is their flexibility with these guys that he likes?

CHEERS MATE

UAL 777 CONTRAIL


User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5765 times:

With BA or Virgin, Bruce probably couldn't get the time off he needs to tour with Maiden

User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6005 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5726 times:

Regarding the fencing, there's a great bit with him on the Rock in Rio DVD. And as he says, whenever he walks through customs with holes in his arms, the story behind them is often far from what people usually thing Big grin There's also a bit where he flies around in a RG simulator - complete with a landing attempt at Kai Tak.

Curiously, he flew the Iceland Express route ex Reykjavik to CPH with a load of Maiden fans, when Iron Maiden played at last years Roskilde Festival.

With Astraeus being somewhat a charter airline, I think it suits him, since the demand for pilots is a bit up & down.

[Edited 2004-05-08 07:25:34]

User currently offlineANX4fishing From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5720 times:

The dude strikes me as someone who does not do anything half-assed. World-class fenceman, commercial pilot, singer/songwriter/rockstar, seemingly a nice guy without much of the bagage the average rockstar carries. Most folk would be satisfied with one of those traits.

BTW, I hear Di'Anno is playing a local dive in your town soon.. Run to the hills.
ANX


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6005 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5700 times:

Just had to add this, taken from the Roskilde Festival newspaper:



According to the article it came from, he flies 5 months a year with Astraeus + having a look at the Maiden website, it also looks like he flies the band around when they're on tour.

[Edited 2004-05-08 07:34:56]

User currently offlineZaphod From United Arab Emirates, joined Feb 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5674 times:

Wow!! does he outscream the engines??

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