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Iron Maiden End Three-Year Tour at Sonisphere, Bruce Dickinson Flies in WWI Display

The lucky fans at Europe’s Sonisphere Festival were given a once-in-a-lifetime treat when Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson and the Great War Display Team recreated airborne battle techniques to memorialize the 100th anniversary of World War I. Dickinson participated in the event, piloting a replica of the famous Red Baron fighter plane.

Before Iron Maiden took the stage at Sonisphere for the final show of their ‘Maiden England’ tour, which spanned a total of three years, Dickinson took to the skies. Pumping up fans for the battle, Sonisphere blasted the Maiden epic ‘Paschendale’ while showing footage of vintage fighter planes taking flight. From there on, a narrator described the techniques and history of WWI dogfighting as fans looked up in awe at the display.

The entire display lasted about 10 minutes, with Maiden fanatics cheering every time Bruce Dickinson made a daring move in his Red Baron plane.

Of course, the night ended with Iron Maiden proving why they’re known as one of the planet’s greatest live acts. “Tonight is the last night of a three-year tour,” Dickinson declared from the stage. “It’s all been building to this. If we don’t get it right tonight, then we never will.” Bruce also thanked the amazing Maiden crew before adding, “What’s coming in the next few years is going to make it more real for you guys, believe me.”

Check out Bruce Dickinson and the Great War Display Team’s Sonisphere demonstration below along with an Iron Maiden performance from the festival above.

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