UK charter carrier Astraeus has rolled out the specially painted Boeing 757-200 that will be used for heavy-metal rock group Iron Maiden's 2008 world tour. The band's lead singer, Bruce Dickinson, is a captain with Astraeus.

Iron's Maiden's "Somewhere Back in TIme" tour will begin in Mumbai, India in February 2008, with the North American leg planned for mid-May to mid-June. The aircraft is one of four 757-200s operated by Astraeus.

Perhaps the most famous rock tour aircraft was The Starship, an ex-United Airlines Boeing 720B using by Led Zeppelin for thier 1973 and 1975 North American tours and also by The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple and Elton John.

Iron Maiden 757 side
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Ion Maiden 757 tail
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