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Iron Maiden's Ed Force One lands at Vancouver International Aiport

Aviation geeks and head-bangers were excited to welcome Iron Maiden's themed-plane into Vancouver. The heavy metal band plays at Rogers Arena as part of The Book of Souls world tour.

Band plays Vancouver concert as part of The Book of Souls world tour

Crew at YVR help Iron Maiden unload luggage and equipment off Ed Force One. (YVR)

Iron Maiden and aviation fans had their eyes on the sky Saturday.

The heavy metal band's private plane carrying band members, crew and gear landed at Vancouver International Airport at 3:30 p.m. PT in advance of Iron Maiden's concert at Rogers Arena as part of The Book of Souls world tour. 

The plane is dubbed Ed Force One after the band's mascot Eddie, whose face is painted on the Boeing jet's tail.

Its pilot is likely one of the most famous in the world — the band's lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson has a commercial pilot's licence.

According to the band's website, the plane is on loan from Air Atlanta and was last in Edmonton.

Iron Maiden's private plane bears the face of its mascot, Eddie the Head. (YVR)
Ed Force One on the runway at Vancouver airport. (YVR)

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