From somewhere back in time to the Final Frontier
An exclusive behind the scenes photo documentary by official band photographer JoHn McMurtrie
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The newly decorated tail fin of Ed Force One pokes out of a busy hangar on an airfield inHampshire. Inside, the Boeing 757 is being inspected by Bruce as the modifications are completed. Trucks arrive for a dry run of loading and unloading the plane.
Flight cases are stacked up onpallets and a single fork-lift truck begins the slow process of loading the cargo bays. After several hours of careful manoeuvring, 12 tonnes of equipment has been loaded. It fits! It will be anothermonth before Ed Force One is finally ready for its maiden voyage.
Will the elaborate stage set, all of Iron Maiden’s instruments plus the complex sound equipment, fit in the customized plane?
On acold Christmas Eve in 2007 Ed Force One leaves the hangar and takes off for Gatwick Airport, England. The aircraft now has to be approved for transit by the European aviation authorities.
FTLAUDERDALE, FLORIDA. 2nd APRIL 2009
GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN. 26th JULY 2008
TORONTO, CANADA. 16th MARCH 2008
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL. 17th MARCH 2009
MOSCOW, RUSSIA. 11th FEBRUARY 2011
SAO PAULO,BRAZIL. 26th MARCH 2011
DENvER, COLORADO. 14th JUNE 2010
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. 23 FEBRUARY 2011
The Ed Force One flight crew are told on approach to Belem that there are massive crowds forming at the airport and security are beginning to voice their concerns. As the excitement gathers in the terminal, military police hastily escort the band directlyout of the airport and on to the busy roads of Belem. Flanked by several police outriders, the Maiden cavalcade is...
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