Iron Maiden’s Bruck Dickinson flies a Lancaster Bomber in Hamilton, Ontario, before sold-out show in Toronto

Awesome!

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.