Bruce Dickinson: Iron Maiden lead singer or 757 pilot?

Lying awake in my shoebox-sized hotel room in London last week I had the pleasure of watching some quality late-night-jet-lag BBC.

And wouldn’t you have it? Iron Maiden is back on tour! The heavy metal band formed in the late seventies recently embarked on a whirlwind world tour with none other than Bruce Dickinson, their lead singer, at the helm of their tour plane, a Boeing 757.

In case you’re wondering, that’s not a teeny commuter plane that anyone can just go out and get a pilot’s license for — it’s a freaking JUMBO JET.

I’m always amazed and pleased when I see celebrities and famous people branch out from their typical line of work and master another equally difficult field. According to my Breitling magazine ads, John Travolta is into the same thing, to the point that he owns his own 707.

In addition to his numerous talents, Dickinson is also an accomplished radio host and fencer.

Hey Kent, why aren’t you the lead singer of a heavy metal band? Get to work!