Mat Irvine: When flying on a tour, the members of British heavy-metal rock band Iron Maiden don’t need to wait for their flight crew to turn up, as lead singer Bruce Dickinson is a fully-qualified airline pilot. He is Captain of Iron Maiden’s own aircraft, the Boeing 747-400, known as ‘Ed Force One.’
Front page (below) of the instruction booklet.
Scale plan views (below) provide details for painting the kit.
Iron Maiden have used several airliners for their tours, but all are called Ed Force One, just as any aircraft carrying the US President is automatically labelled Air Force One during that mission.
The Ed Force One idea started in 2008, when the band realised that it was more convenient, and better for logistics, if the vast musical ensemble - band, roadies, management, equipment - were all travelling on one aircraft. So a Boeing 757 was hired from UK-based Astraeus Airlines, and painted in Iron Maiden colours. The plan was helped by the fact that Bruce Dickinson was a Captain and Marketing Director with Astraeus.
The decal sheet (below) is rightly a comprehensive affair, with all markings present and correct.
The ‘Ed’ part of the 747’s name comes from the band’s mascot ‘Eddie,’ which was first seen on stage as a paper-mache mask. A fan competition provided the complete title. The current Ed Force One is an ex-Air France machine.
The assembled and finished kit, as seen (two pix below) at the 2016 Scale ModelWorld, Telford, UK.
Have Ed Force One and the US Presidential Air Force One ever been seen together? The answer is yes, though it was just a coincidence, at O’Hare Airport, Chicago, January 10, 2017.
Revell: Boeing 747-400 Ed Force One
Assembled length: 490 mm (00 in)
Assembled wingspan: 446 mm (18 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: 04950
Thanks to Revell Germany for the review kit.