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Heavy metal fans and followers of Judas Priest had to wonder what was going to happen to the band with the departure of longtime guitarist K.K. Downing. The answer my friends can be found right here on this Blu-ray disc titled Epitaph.
Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, an avid pilot, pays a visit to the Ice Pilots NWT based in Yellowknife. Founded by Buffalo Joe McBryan, the company uses vintage planes in one of the last remaining frontiers in North America. The Edmonton Journal's Sandra Sperounes and Fish Griwkowsky were asked along to document this once-in-a-lifetime meeting. Video by Fish Griwkowsky.
Before slipping into the cockpit, he affixes a sticker designed as a bull’s-eye, with the words Captain Dickinson and Ed Force Three, on the outside of the plane. The 53-year-old vocalist used to fly his band from gig to gig on a Boeing 757 known as Ed Force One, named after Iron Maiden’s mascot, Eddie. This particular DC-3 was one of the first Royal Air Force planes to drop paratroopers over Normandy on D-Day in 1944.
“It’s a classic airplane,” says Dickinson, the nephew of an RAF veteran. “I did a little bit of flying of these in the States. It’s like a vintage car — there’s pretty much nothing automatic on it, apart from the engines, which keep going, and that’s it. It’s a great airplane. It’s historic and an experience, which is rare these days.”
So is flying with a metal legend at the controls.
A producer and director of photography from Ice Pilots NWT is shooting the adventures for a future episode of the reality show. The fourth season, produced by Omni Film, airs in October. Dickinson’s DC-3 taxis down the runway at the Muni, then shudders left and right as the plane takes off. Mikey’s older brother and the family’s first Maiden fan, Rod, is one of 12 passengers in the 18-seat plane. He grins as he makes a zigzag motion with his hand. “This is going to take a couple of months to sink in,” he smiles.
A few minutes into the air, Joe leaves the cockpit, leaving the plane entirely in Dickinson’s hands. The McBryan patriarch, a paper boy for the Edmonton Journal in the late 1950s, is the founder of Buffalo Airways, which uses older planes in its fleet. He’s now a reality TV star, but he’d rather talk about crime stories or Edmonton’s history than his own fame.
“I could have (country singer) Merle Haggard in there with me, I wouldn’t know it,” says Joe, a cantankerous buffalo with the heart of a kitten.
After a quick pit stop in Hay River, where Dickinson signs autographs for a dozen or so fans in the tiny airport, the plane climbs back up for another 45-minutes to Yellowknife, headquarters of Buffalo Airways.
Check out Fish Griwkowsky’s video of Bruce Dickinson’s adventure with TV’s Ice Pilots NWT crew, as well as his story in which the Iron Maiden singer talks about privacy, and airline founder Buffalo Joe McBryan talks about a long career of hard work which started as a paperboy for the Edmonton Journal. These are both in Wildlife at http://edmontonjournal.com/blogs
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