Iron Maiden Unveils Its Awesome Boeing 747 For 'Book of Souls' World Tour

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Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden flying his twin prop plane to Paris from Biggin Hill airport in 1998.

Iron Maiden released The Book of Souls last year, and they’re about to hit the road for a world tour in support of their sixteenth studio album. But when we say “hit the road,” we really mean airline runways, since frontman Bruce Dickinson is a licensed pilot and the metal legends are set to tour in a personalized Boeing 747.

Maiden unveiled the new set of wings yesterday (Feb. 17) in a Periscope broadcast from Cardiff, Wales. Here are some stills they shared via their official Twitter account:

 

 

 

 

 

 

This new model is almost twice the size and over three times the weight of the Boeing 757 used on previous Maiden tours, dating back to 2008. 

Dickinson has been flying for over 20 years. Previously, he was a professional pilot for the now defunct British charter line Astraeus. Back in 2008, he flew a group of Royal Air Force pilots home from Afghanistan in a Boeing 747 chartered by the British Ministry of Defence. 

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The 2016 Maiden tour starts Feb. 24 at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.’s BB&T Center. It will traverse Central and South America throughout March and return to New York to commence a North American tour leg before the month is over. After that, the band has extensive dates in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand planned through Aug. 4. The new Boeing will sure get its work in.