Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson to return to work as an airline pilot

Band's custom plane Ed Force One to transport passengers this summer

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson will temporarily lay down his microphone this summer and take to the skies as an airline pilot again.

The frontman has a commercial pilot’s license and will helm the band’s own custom-painted Boeing 757 – known as Ed Force One – for flights later this year with airline Iceland Express.

The plane is usually used by the band and its crew to transport passengers and equipment for Iron Maiden‘s gruelling international touring schedule. But CBC News is reporting that Iceland Express will be leasing the plane from the heavy metallers for its flights between Winnipeg and Reykjavik, and London and Copenhagen.

Ultimate Guitar has also reported that Iron Maiden will be releasing a book tentatively entitled On Board Flight 666 later this year through Orion Books, featuring photos from the band’s travels on Ed Force One over the past three years.