IRON MAIDEN'S spitfire replica plane malfunctions during Worcester concert
The life-size replica of a Spitfire combat plane which IRON MAIDEN has been using as part of its live show during the “Legacy Of The Beast” tour malfunctioned during the band’s concert earlier this week (Monday, October 17) in Worcester, Massachusetts.
During “Aces High”, the closing song of MAIDEN‘s set at the DCU Center, the Spitfire was supposed to buzz the stage while singer Bruce Dickinson and his bandmates performed the classic track from their fifth studio album, “1984’s “Powerslave”. However, the plane appeared to have gotten stuck while making its way to the front of the stage, forcing some of the MAIDEN roadies to frantically scramble to resolve the issue before removing the plane from the stage altogether. At one point, Dickinson could be seen looking back at the plane as it was being lowered behind the stage, apparently unsure what had just happened.
IRON MAIDEN‘s Spitfire plane, complete with propellers that turn, is a 90-percent-sized replica of an actual Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb registration number AA 853 from 302 Squadron that saw active duty in 1941.
Dickinson, who is also a warplanes enthusiast and a qualified pilot, previously stated about the plane: “We would have made it actual size, but we had to cut it down by 10 percent to fit on some of the festival stages. Otherwise, it’s an exact replica of arguably the greatest plane design ever — in fact, one of the best-designed machines ever.”
Four years ago, Bruce told the Daily Mail that he wanted to get the details about the real plane MAIDEN‘s Spitfire was based on to avoid coming under fire from plane-spotters and military historians.
“Being a bit of an aviation geek, I said, ‘Okay, is this is a Battle Of Britain Spitfire?’ They said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘Well, it’s got 20mm cannons and they didn’t fit those on Spits until later, so where is this Spitfire from? They said, ‘Does that matter?’ I said, ‘Yes, it does matter. If we’re going to put a Spitfire up there, I want to know the real backstory.
“They had pulled it off the Internet where it was available as a 3-D model. I know people who are into war planes and to put something up unthinkingly and go, ‘Well, it’s just a Spitfire,’ is not good enough.”
Dickinson and MAIDEN‘s management researched the real plane at the archives of the Royal Air Force Museum in London and discovered it saw most of its service with the RAF’s 302 Squadron, which was comprised of Polish pilots. Many Polish airmen made their way to Britain after Hitler invaded Poland in September 1939.
IRON MAIDEN recently announced ‘The Future Past’ 2023 European tour.
IRON MAIDEN released it’s latest album ‘Senjutsu’ in September 2021 on Warner Music.
The full track listing is:
01. Senjutsu (8:20) (Smith/Harris)
02. Stratego (4:59) (Gers/Harris)
03. The Writing On The Wall (6:13) (Smith/Dickinson)
04. Lost In A Lost World (9:31) (Harris)
05. Days Of Future Past (4:03) (Smith/Dickinson)
06. The Time Machine (7:09) (Gers/Harris)
07. Darkest Hour (7:20) (Smith/Dickinson)
08. Death Of The Celts (10:20) (Harris)
09. The Parchment (12:39) (Harris)
10. Hell On Earth (11:19) (Harris)
“Senjutsu” was released on the following formats and available to order/save at www.ironmaiden.com:
* Standard 2CD Digipak
* Deluxe 2CD Book Format
* Deluxe heavyweight 180G Triple Black Vinyl
* Special Edition Triple Silver And Black Marble Vinyl (Details to follow)
* Special Edition Triple Red and Black Marble Vinyl (Details to follow)
* Super Deluxe Boxset featuring CD, Blu Ray and Exclusive Memorabilia
* Digital album [streaming and download]
IRON MAIDEN hadn’t released any fresh music since 2015’s “The Book Of Souls” LP, which was recorded in late 2014 in Paris, France with Shirley.
“The Book Of Souls” was the longest MAIDEN album, clocking in at 92 minutes, with lyrics heavily based in the themes of death, reincarnation, the soul and mortality.