GALLERY: Iron Maiden rocker flies World War One Fokker plane in front of Northamptonshire crowd

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Sywell Air Show bruce dickinson Iron Maiden

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More than 13,000 avid aircraft enthusiasts watched Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson fly in a death-defying World War One dogfight re-enactment over the skies of Northamptonshire on Sunday.

The second Sywell Classic drew large crowds – many in vintage-styled fancy dress – to the county aerodrome over Saturday and Sunday.

More than 1,200 classic cars and 250 motorbikes were on display with visitors watching a host of aerobatic demonstrations by The Blades and The Yakovlevs on Saturday and Sunday.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight featuring a Hurricane, Spitfire and a Lancaster also proved a popular attraction on the Saturday, while on the ground the crowds enjoyed classic car races, a motorbike ‘wall of death’, a vintage funfair, and live music.

But the main event saw rock-legend Bruce Dickinson, a licensed pilot since 1991, taking to the skies in a replica Fokker Triplane as part of a dogfight reenactment by the Great War Display team on Sunday.

A spokesperson for Sywell Aerodrome said: “The display went down fantastically well.

“It involved eight World War One planes, which most people had never seen before, recreating a dogfight and was just incredible.

“Bruce himself said to me it was a fantastic event and said he thought the venue was beautiful.”