Lots of bands get to take private jets. Not every band gets to take a private jet flown by its lead singer. Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden has a new set of wheels to ferry his band around the world. It's a Boeing 747-400, and the band is loading in for a tour that will take them aces high across six continents. Dickinson is currently training to fly the brand new, bigger, better Ed Force One
Of course, nothing Iron Maiden related is complete without their mascot Eddie, who is painted on in a few places so you don't mistake this for a Delta plane. The subsonic plane was leased to the band by Air Atlanta Icelandic. The plane can carry 480,000 pounds of equipment and crew, has a 211 foot wingspan, and can reach 0.85 mach, cruising at 45,000 feet altitude. The plane far dwarfs their previous 757.
"The greatest benefit of traveling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757," Dickinson said in a .
Iron Maiden have been together since 1975, with Dickinson joining up in 1981. He received a pilot license in the 1990s, and began ferrying the band by bus in 2008. He's not the only rock star with a pilot license: David Lee Roth is licensed to fly helicopters. But he's certainly the most metal of the two.