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Sunday 22 October 2017

Iron Maiden singer set to pilot expo fighter plane

Rock star Bruce Dickinson is set to take to the skies as a German fighter pilot as part of First World War commemorations.

The Iron Maiden front-man will be flying his own replica Fokker Dr1 aircraft complete with Iron Cross insignia. He will take part in a choreographed dogfight as he joins The Great War Display Team at the Duxford Airshow at the Imperial War Museum.

Speaking ahead of the event, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, he said: "First World War aircraft are what I would term unfailingly interesting.

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"The triplanes are independent-minded on the ground. In the air it is a dogfighter."

The 56-year-old singer, whose godfather and uncle both served in the RAF, has worked as a commercial pilot since the early 1990s.

Dickinson joined The Great War Display Team earlier this year.

"This will be my first Duxford as a display pilot, so it's a big thrill," he said.

A Sopwith triplane, Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a aircraft and Royal Aircraft Factory BE2 aircraft will also take part in the display.

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