In addition to being the kick-ass lead singer for a kick-ass band, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is also a certified airline pilot. He flies Boeing 757s for charter company Astraeus, and also flies his bandmates around in a custom-painted jet. And last week, when airline XL went bust stranding thousands of passengers, Dickinson flew 200 of them home. And he was on vacation!
This isn't the first time the singer has lent a helping hand. In the summer of 2006, he flew 200 UK citizens out of Lebandon during the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict.
Besides being an awesome story, Dickinson's aerial exploits afford a rare opportunity to construct a descriptive sentence using Iron Maiden song titles. S0, <ahem>, here goes:
Heaven Can Wait...it's Aces High and no Flight of Icarus when The Trooper Bruce Dickinson flies over a Sea of Madness to rescue victims of Fallen Angel XL's collapse. Bring Your Daughter...to the Slaughter!
Not bad for a first attempt.