Flying Heavy Metal
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Flying Heavy Metal

Iron Maiden rock legend and professional pilot Bruce Dickinson, charts the evolution of the passenger aeroplane...

Bruce Dickinson is best known for fronting legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden. But when he's not singing in front of 50,000 rock fans, he's getting hands on with a very different kind of heavy metal - flying aeroplanes.

Flying Heavy Metal sees professional pilot Bruce literally fly the audience through the history of the jet airliner. In each programme, Bruce gets behind the controls of the major landmarks in aviation history; from the DC3 Dakota - the classic prop plane of the 1930s, right through to the key airliners of the jet age, like the first fly-by wire Airbus A320 and the Boeing 727.

He discovers the safety mechanisms that made the once dangerous business of flying safe, demonstrates the problems the giant 707 had landing on small runways - and even gets a preview of the giant new double-decker Airbus, the A380.

With his passion for planes and unrivalled knowledge of aviation history, Bruce brings history alive, as he charts the titanic struggle between European and American manufacturers, for the dominance of our skies.

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