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

Sywell Air Show bruce dickinson Iron Maiden
Sywell Air Show bruce dickinson Iron Maiden

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.”