According to the Forces Network, IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson has been officially attested into the Royal Air Force, the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force. The British singer has been awarded the role of Honorary Group Captain.
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.
The singer got the all-clear in May 2015 after radiation and nine weeks of chemotherapy and later covered his cancer battle in his 2017 autobiography, "What Does This Button Do?"
Dickinson joined IRON MAIDEN in 1981, replacing Paul Di'Anno, and made his recording debut with the band on the 1982 album "The Number Of The Beast". He quit the band in 1993, pursuing several solo projects, and rejoined in 1999.
Dickinson, who turned 61 in August, has several other interests beyond music. He is a licensed commercial pilot and owns an aviation company. He has also done some acting and brewed beer.
@brucedickinson_ has officially been attested into the @RoyalAirForce and is now Hon. Group Captain Paul Bruce Dickinson. We look forward to fencing with him soon #RAFOpen20 @RAFNewssport @RAFCentralFund @RAFSportsFed @BFBS_Sport @britishfencing @IronMaiden @RAF_fencing pic.twitter.com/EnEVp8yY6I
— RAF Fencing (@RAF_fencing) January 7, 2020