Iron Maiden singer to fly replica war plane over festival

Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden
Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden
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Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is to fly a replica World War One plane over a music festival.

The singer and qualified pilot, who went to school in Sheffield, is to fly his plane as part of a 12 minute air display in the skies above the Sonisphere Festival, in Hertfordshire on Saturday, July 5.

The ‘dogfight’ will commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Great War, and will come a few hours before Iron Maiden take to the stage as headliners.

The air display will feature nine aircraft, all exact replicas of planes used in combat.

Bruce - a former pupil of King Edward VII School, who spent time growing up in Lodge Moor - will be flying his own Fokker Dr1 Triplane, which he describes is ‘like flying a giant set of bookshelves.’

The same model was used by German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, also known as The Red Baron.