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Iron Maiden lead singer rocks 747-8 simulator

For nearly 30 years lead singer Bruce Dickinson has been known worldwide as the voice of heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It's easy to see he has a passion for his music, but there's another kind of metal he's equally passionate about, airplanes. “It's pretty much like breathing really. It's one of those essential things,” says Dickinson.

While on tour with the band, Dickinson made a stop at a Boeing training facility in Seattle where he got a chance to fly in a 747-8 simulator. The rock star isn’t just a fan of air planes, he’s a major player in the aviation world. He’s flown as a commercial pilot and is starting his own airplane maintenance business in the UK.

Dickinson admits to being partial to Boeing airplanes, but there’s a more personal reason for his love of aviation, “It's all about people actually. Because the airplanes are wonderful but they're built by people, designed by people, flown by people, operated by people, and it's people that get on them. So it's really the people who get me excited about everything.”