Watch as Wales says farewell to Ed Force One

Ed Force parked at Cardiff Airport (Credit Nick Harding / Aviation Wales)Ed Force parked at Cardiff Airport (Credit Nick Harding / Aviation Wales)

Iron Maiden’s iconic Boeing 747 Ed Force One took off from Cardiff Airport today to start the Book of Souls World Tour.

The plane, fully decked out in Iron Maiden livery, took off just after 12pm today and some of the Aviation Wales Team were on hand to capture the departure to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Flown by Iron Maiden lead singer and aviation legend Bruce Dickinson the 747 will fly the band, equipment and an (un)healthy supply of Trooper Ale around the world over the course of 2016.

During it’s visit to Cardiff Airport it drew huge crowds with everyone from Plane Spotters to hardcore Iron Maiden fans wanting to catch a glimpse of this epic aircraft. With all corners of the airport packed with spectators on its departure.

This video shows its arrival (Credit: Ethan James)

What did it look like at night?

Boering 747-248 TF-AAK Ed Force One (Pic Credit: Nick Harding / Aviation Wales)

Boeing 747-248 TF-AAK Ed Force One (Pic Credit: Nick Harding / Aviation Wales)

and in the daytime?

Ed Force parked at Cardiff Airport (Credit Nick Harding / Aviation Wales)

Ed Force parked at Cardiff Airport (Credit Nick Harding / Aviation Wales)

and what about that tail!

Ed Force One's Iconic Tail at Cardiff Airport (Credit Nick Harding / Aviation Wales)

Ed Force One’s Iconic Tail at Cardiff Airport (Credit Nick Harding / Aviation Wales)

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