Carl Stroud of The Sun reports: IRON MAIDEN jetted off for the start of their world tour with frontman Bruce Dickinson behind the controls of the band's very own Boeing 757.Part-time commercial airline pilot Dickinson will fly the metal titans and all their equipment 50,000 miles around the globe on the jet they've dubbed Ed Force One, after their undead mascot Eddie. Speaking to The Sun's Music Biz exclusively from the tarmac of Stanstead airport Bruce said: "We've been around the world many times and done some pretty momentous things but this is a first, not just for us but for any band on the planet. "When we came up with the idea of getting one big plane with all the band, crew and equipment on we didn't realize how complex it was. "But here we finally are on our 757 which we've christened Ed Force One, with yours truly wearing his captain's uniform, ready to fly us off around the globe. "We're doing 50,000 miles in 49 days and bringing MAIDEN mania to India, Australia, Japan, Mexico, all round South America and finally the U.S. and Canada. That's 21 concerts, 19 cities, 10 countries and 400,000 fans." Read more at www.thesun.co.uk.
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