IRON MAIDEN's official web site, IronMaiden.com, has revealed more information about "Flying Heavy Metal with Bruce Dickinson", the documentary series about airplanes hosted by MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson that is scheduled to begin airing next week. A posting on the web site reads as follows:
"'Flying Heavy Metal with Bruce Dickinson', premiering on U.K. Discovery Channel at 9pm on Wednesday 19th January, follows Bruce as he indulges his love of flying whilst examining the highlights of the past century of American and British aviation.
"'Flying Heavy Metal' tracks a fascinating transatlantic battle for the dominance of the skies. This exciting new series approaches the past century of aviation from a number of innovative and interesting angles — from The Comet to Concorde, runways to revolutionary NASA technology, 'Flying Heavy Metal' is guaranteed to propel you into the heart of the past century’s aviation triumphs.
"In this new 5-part series, Bruce literally flies viewers through the history of the jet airliner. He pilots the major landmarks in aviation history from the DC3 Dakota — the classic prop plane of the mid-'30s — through to the key airliners of the jet age and the fly-by wire Airbus 320. He even gets a sneak preview of the soon to be unveiled Airbus A380.
"'Flying Heavy Metal' contrasts the European and American approaches to aviation, as the two continents prepare once again to do battle with their latest aeroplane designs. Bruce looks back at their creations from the past 50 years, and discovers British fingerprints on some of the most ingenious and innovative technologies in the aviation industry.
"Highlights from the series include: Bruce flying a pre-war DC3; cruising over the Florida Everglades in a Boeing 727; reliving the hair-raising experience of a night landing in one of the oldest Tiger Moths still flying, and roller-blading around the two decks of Airbus's new monster — the A380.
"'Flying Heavy Metal with Bruce Dickinson', premiering on 19th January at 9pm, is the rocker's guide to aviation, taking in the hits, the misses and some truly incredible planes along the way.
"Some U.K. press to watch out for:
Sunday Express - S:2 magazine - feature on Sunday 16th January
Radio Times - interview to appear in issue out 15-21st January
TV & Satellite Week - 1 page TV preview coverage to appear in issue out 15-21st January
Pilot Magazine - February issue, on sale mid-January"