If you’ve seen Iron Maiden’s Flight 666 documentary, then you know that Bruce Dickinson is also a licensed pilot. In fact, the singer was also brought on by aircraft leasing firm Astraeus Airlines to become their marketing director last year. Well, Dickinson’s service is being called on for a greater cause: to help passengers stranded after Hurricane Irene.
Dickinson was brought in to fly 200 passengers from Newark airport in New Jersey to Reykjavik, Iceland for budget airline Iceland Express. This marks one of the first flights out of Newark and the NYC area post-Hurricane Irene. As if this wasn’t awesome enough, UK’s The Daily Mail reports that the same Boeing 757 used by Maiden (better known as Ed Force Once) is being used for this flight. It’s currently unclear as to when exactly Dickinson will take flight, but we assume that it would be sometime today if he isn’t in the air already.
It’s great to see Dickinson helping out during a time when others truly need it. Many people are still feeling the after effects of Irene (despite it getting demoted to tropical storm before reaching NYC), while even more travelers are stranded at airports. We can add this good deed onto the long list of reasons of why Bruce Dickinson is awesome.