Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Helps Launch World’s Longest Aircraft
Is there anything Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson can’t do? Yesterday (Feb. 27), it was revealed that Dickinson, whose second love is aviation, has helped launch the world’s longest aircraft. From Britain’s biggest aircraft hangar, the historic $100 million Airlander was unveiled, with Dickinson playing an integral part in its progression.
Documented most famously in the Iron Maiden concert film ‘Flight 666,’ Bruce Dickinson doesn’t only front one of metal’s all-time greatest bands, he flies the entire Maiden team from place to place as well. Dickinson has been involved in aviation for a long time, and he’s made history once again as a “high-profile investor” for the Airlander project.
“It’s a game changer, in terms of things we can have in the air and things we can do,” Dickinson tells BBC. “The airship has always been with us, it’s just been waiting for the technology to catch up. It seizes my imagination. I want to get in this thing and fly it pole to pole. We’ll fly over the Amazon at 20ft, over some of the world’s greatest cities and stream the whole thing on the internet.”
The Airlander is 302 feet long, 70 percent greener than a cargo plane and can haul up to 50 tons of payload. Plus, due to its design, the Airlander doesn’t need a runway to take off, just a two-man crew. For more info on the Airlander and how it was built, head over to the BBC.
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