Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Has Been Granted Honorary Group Captain in Royal Air Force
It is no lie that Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is multitalened. The musician not only leads the band on stage, but also flies the band to each one of their performances on tour. This week, the lead singer was awarded the Honorary Group Captain Role in the United Kingdom’s Royal Airforce! According to Forces Network, a report states:
“Depending on his performance at the RAF Championships, Mr. Dickinson could be selected to represent the RAF at the Inter Service Championships, which takes place between 13 and 16 July.
“He once ranked at number eight in the country at foil – one of three weapons used in fencing which each has its own rules.
“The RAF’s new Honorary Group Captain now competes at épée – the largest weapon in the sport.”
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Dickinson will attend the Royal Air Force Fencing Open in June and could compete in the competition, as well as this year’s RAF Championships.
Bruce started out fencing at the age of 13 in school, but only after being convinced by a teacher to try it. When he got into fencing, he discovered that it not only was about physical training, but giving the brain some exercise as well.
Five years ago, Dickinson was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer after doctors discovered a golf ball-size tumor on his tongue and another in the lymph node on the right side of his neck.