Bruce Dickinson playing with Iron Maiden in Florida

Iron Maiden Lead Singer Bruce Dickinson Made Honorary Group Captain In RAF

Bruce Dickinson playing with Iron Maiden in Florida

The lead singer of British metal band Iron Maiden has officially attested into the Royal Air Force.

Bruce Dickinson, who has been performing with the band since 1981, has been awarded the role of Honorary Group Captain in No. 601 Squadron.

The rockstar first contacted the RAF Fencing Union in December to enquire about representing the Royal Air Force in the sport.

He could compete in the RAF Championships on 16 and 17 May and could attend the Royal Air Force Fencing Open during the following month.

Depending on his performance at the RAF Championships, Mr Dickinson could be selected to represent the RAF at the Inter Service Championships, which takes place between 13 and 16 July.

He once ranked at number eight in the country at foil - one of three weapons used in fencing which each has its own rules.

The RAF's new Honorary Group Captain now competes at épée - the largest weapon in the sport.

The singer previously spent six months after leaving university within the Territorial Army.

Mr Dickinson has flying experience, having held a commercial pilot’s licence for more than 20 years.

The news was originally broken online by the RAF fencing team:

The Iron Maiden frontman has previous connections with the RAF, having completed an emergency landing at RAF Halton in 2015.

He was flying his Fokker triplane when it began to run low on fuel.

Mr Dickinson also personally flew Royal Air Force pilots home from Afghanistan to RAF Wittering in 2008, taking control of a Boeing 747 chartered by the Ministry of Defence to transport RAF pilots back to the UK.

Cover image: Bruce Dickinson playing with Iron Maiden last year in Florida (Picture: PA).