Before Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson took to the stage in front of thousands of screaming fans at a sold out Toronto show Saturday night, he was soaring over Hamilton in the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s prized Lancaster Bomber.
The storied aircraft, nicknamed Vera because of its VRA flight initials, holds a special place in the heart of the banshee-throated singer, said museum CEO and pilot David Rohrer.
“The first model airplane he ever built as a young lad was a Lancaster,” Rohrer told CBC News.
In a bold move against the forces of bad luck, Finnair flight 666 is safe after taking off just after 13 o’clock on Friday the 13th on a course for HEL, the code for Finland’s Helsinki Airport.
The Airbus A320-214 used in the 75-minute flight was also manufactured in December, 2003 — making it 13 years old.
Nevertheless, despite this intersection of unlucky numbers, the flight was uneventful, according to the flight tracking website Flight24Radar.com.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 13, 2017