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Iron Maiden’s ‘Ed Force One’ touches down in Brisbane

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 3, 2016

Ed Force One touches down in Brisbane. (Daniel Foster)

Iron Maiden’s chartered Boeing 747-400 Ed Force One touched down in Brisbane on Monday afternoon ahead of the heavy metal band’s tour of Australia.

The ex-Air France Boeing 747-400 is chartered from Air Atlanta Icelandic and is carrying the band’s members, support crew and equipment on its ‘The Book of Souls’ world tour. Using the flight number ‘ABD666’, the 747, registered TF-AAK, flew into Brisbane from Auckland. After Brisbane the band – and presumably Ed Force One – is set to tour Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth before heading to South Africa.

Most famously, one of the aircraft’s pilots is band lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson.

The Ed Force One name was first applied to an Astraeus Airlines 757 the band chartered for a world tour in 2008-09. Dickinson was a pilot with Astraeus.

After Astraeus collapsed in 2011 Dickinson established maintenance, repair and overhaul business Cardiff Aviation. He also owns a Fokker Dr.I triplane replica.

Ed Force One taxiing at Brisbane. (Daniel Foster)




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Comments (16)

  • adammudhen


    Great looking aircraft! Hoping to get out to see it when it comes into Melbourne. Good to see her back on the road after the mishap last month.

  • Oliver


    I wonder when it will be in Sydney?

  • Ben



    I’d look up the band’s tour dates.

  • Ray E


    Iron Maiden play Brisbane on Wednesday night and then play Sydney on Friday night. Probably a Thursday departure from BNE, any Brisbane airport employees know what time they are scheduled to take off?

  • Stewart


    I have been told that it departs Brisbane on Thursday 2pm

  • Lana Venckus


    Hi Ben, Hi Oliver, Hi Ray, Hi Stewart
    Any more info on Ed Force One’s arrival in Sydney today?
    I really want to take my daughter out to see the arrival>
    Appreciate any info
    Thanks indeed
    [email protected]

  • Maiden Maiden


    Hi, any idea where a exactly the plane will depart from? Eg which Brisbane terminal would be best to watch it leave?

  • Ali


    Does anyone know when Ed Force is going to land in Melbourne?

  • Jacqui


    Does anyone know when it arrives in Melbourne and if it is going to tullamarine or essendon? Thanks



    We would love to know the arrival day and time for Adelaide, PLEEESE 🙂

  • ian


    Anyone know what time the arrival in Adelaide on the 12th?

  • Jay


    The aircraft usually leaves the previous port (MEL) around 2.15pm and arrives around an hour later. For some reason they normally leave the day before – so play ADL on 12/5 arrive in ADL on 11/5 and then fly to PER on Fri 13/5. Please note times and are subject to change and vary according to schedule and the weather and traffic at the particular time of day at both the departure and arrival ports.

  • peter


    Does anyone knows what time they leaving Adelaide on the way to Perth ?

  • David Fix


    What a nice airplane

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