I’ve just been watching and Iron Maiden front man and commercial Boeing 757 pilot, Bruce Dickinson in his “Heavy Metal” programme on the Sky Discovery Channel. What caught my attention was him pitching-up at Manston with a number of trainee Boeing 747-pilots for circuits around Thanet.
In the series, Bruce looks at and often flies a number of aircraft from across the history of commercial aviation. There are some quite surprising aerobatics done in rather large aircraft and next time I see a white, unmarked Boeing 747 doing the rounds over Margate, then I’ll know that it’s crewed by a dozen or so sweaty-palmed individuals who will be having their first attempt at putting a “Jumbo” down safely on the runway.
If your happen to be watching from Ramsgate, just close your eyes.