Listeners to the excellent Radcliffe and Maconie show (BBC Radio 2 8pm weekdays) will have heard the following piece of quality radio. For anyone who missed it...
"Squat thrusting, parrying, leg-warmer favouring, squaking metal-head and one-time comic novelist Bruce Dickinson broke off from his own holiday at the weekend to help fly home some of the thousands of stranded Brits.
The Iron Maiden front-man flew 180 passengers from Kos and another 220 from Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. Fan Mark Cryer on the Egypt flight said "I think I was the only person on the plane that recognised him."
Maybe it was the short hair and pilot's uniform that fooled the less observant folk on board.