IRON MAIDEN's Ed Force One Lands In Fort Lauderdale; We Have Photos, Press Conference Video!
February 20, 2016, 2 years ago
Iron Maiden landed their 747 jumbo jet at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport yesterday (Friday, February 18th) around 3:30/3:45pm local. The Boeing 747-400 jet, Ed Force One, was piloted from the band's home city of London by vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who is a fully licensed commercial airline pilot. Ed Force One will carry band, crew and stage production and equipment over 55,000 miles around the world visiting around 35 countries on The Book of Souls World Tour 2016. BraveWords photographer Jennifer Bartram-Schmitt was in Fort Lauderdale when Ed Force One landed - click the gallery to view a slew of photos!
Dickinson held a brief press conference on the runway which can be viewed below. When asked about the flight Bruce said: “It was excellent, nine hours across the pond and my first landing in a 747. I just had my eyes shut, the airplane just does it on its own.”
The clip below features Ed Force One's full final approach and landing in Fort Lauderdale.
Bruce Dickinson commented recently: “The greatest benefit of travelling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757, the extent of which fans will have noted on the Flight 666 DVD. Although in reality we cannot carry much more gear the savings in complexity, time and cost make using the 747 even more practical. Furthermore, it is marginally faster o.85 MACH and the range of around 7000NM (13,000 km) is much greater which means we will not have to make the refuelling stops we needed to with the 757. We’re all really excited at the thought of bringing our brand new tour to fans who have never seen us play live before, and of course re-visiting all our old friends again too. You can rest assured we are all working hard to put together a spectacular show for our fans.”
Iron Maiden’s The Book Of Souls World Tour dates can be found here (with ticket links).