Jump in the cockpit and start up the engines! Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson will be flying high above the Sonisphere Festival skies on Saturday 5th July as part of The Great War Display Team who will stage a 12 minute air display at approximately 6PM.
The World War I "dogfight" will comemorate the 100th Anniversary of The Great War and provide a tribute to both English and German pilots who conquered Europe's skies (1914-1918). The air display will feature nine different aircraft - all exact replica's of the planes used in WW1 combat. Dickinson will be flying his own Fokker Dr1 Triplane. For the history buffs amongst you, that's the same plane used by The Red Baron, Richthofen! Also featured in the display will be Junkers CL1's (German) and British Sopwith Triplanes (BE2c and SE5a).
Alongside Bruce Dickinson, also taking to the skies are Alex Truman, Dan Griffith, Dave Linney, Ernie Hoblyn, Gordon Brander, Matthew Boddington, Peter Bond, Richard Piper, Vic Lockwood and Will Greenwood.
Commenting on the upcoming airshow at Sonisphere, Bruce Dickinson says:
“The air show over Sonisphere is something I’m really excited about and we’re determined to put on an unforgettable display for everyone. We’re planning an extravaganza of derring-do, especially when you consider the manoeuvres we’ll be performing are all based on true-life battles from a hundred years ago! What some of these fighter pilots achieved back then was nothing short of miraculous given the conditions they were working under and the seriousness of what was at stake. We hope to stage a memorable display which is equally entertaining and poignant, celebrating not only the bravery and heroics of all the pilots involved but remembering the sacrifices made on both side. Having been brought up on Biggles to the horror of my English teachers, the chance to fly a Fokker triplane Dr1 was second only to owning a Sopwith Camel. A share in a Bucker Jungmann and a conversation with Great War team manager Gordon Brander led to a chance to buy a superbly constructed full size replica of the iconic German fighter. Built by the late John Day I intend to display the aircraft with the team in commemoration not just of the Great war, but also as a tribute to one of the UK's premier engineer/builders.”
Sonisphere organiser Stuart Galbraith adds:
“We all got very excited when Iron Maiden approached us with this idea. It’s going to be a truly unique experience and tribute for everyone at Knebworth. We’ve made sure we were able to squeeze a gap into the outdoor stage programme on July 5th so that it has the impact it deserves.”
Following the airshow Bruce will later take to the stage for Iron Maiden's last show on the Maiden England Tour. Certainly not to be missed!
For more information about The Great War Display Team head to the website here: www.greatwardisplayteam.com
Individual day and weekend tickets for SONISPHERE 2014 are on sale now at www.sonisphere.co.uk. Check the Sonisphere website for further details. All Campsites open Thursday.