First things first, an apology. All last week, I was super lucky to have some great Canadian celebs write guest blogs for me, while I was off enjoying the Maritimes. In my excitement over McLobsters and Greco Pizza, I totally forgot one of the blog posts. I feel absolutely terrible for the mix up, so I’m posting it here today.

So, let’s try this again. Today’s special celeb blog post comes from none other than Mikey McBryan from Ice Pilots NWT “fame”. Fans of the History Channel series know him well and if you want to know more about this pilot and his exciting/terrifying job, than you should definitely be checking out his blog, which can be found right here. For my blog, he was tasked with writing about one of his favourite summer vacations. Check it out below!

“I didn’t get much of a break this summer. However, I was only able to sneak away from Yellowknife on one occasion and boy was it epic!

The break started off with us taking one of our DC-3 aircraft to Edmonton. This is no normal DC-3, this particular aircraft was one of the 1st DC-3s to fly over Normandy on the morning of D-Day in WWII (June 6th 1944). However, it wasn’t the plane that made this trip epic, it was the guest pilot that we were picking up on the other end in Edmonton.

When we got into Edmonton we checked into our hotel and my brother Rod and I went downstairs to the lobby to meet our special guest. A casually dressed, unassuming British man walked over and introduced himself – “Hello I’m Bruce Dickinson” he said. Yes, THE Bruce Dickinson!! As in the lead singer for the Heavy Metal band Iron Maiden. Bruce is a genuine ROCK GOD but in addition he just so happens to be a real commercial pilot.

We chatted for a while and then Bruce escorted us “Buffalo” guys to that night’s Iron Maiden Concert at Rexall Place. We got full VIP treatment, backstage passes, personal tour of the stage, his gear, and our own fully stocked private Green Room complete with a ton of beers! After the concert was over, we took Bruce to a local pub to talk planes and music. It turns out Bruce is a huge fan of our TV Show Ice Pilots NWT so Rod and I invited him up to Yellowknife to take a tour of the Buffalo hangar and our planes. Bruce had a day off between tour dates and that gave him a free day to make it work.

The next morning Bruce piloted the DC-3 back to Yellowknife with us in it and upon arrival in Yellowknife we gave him the keys to the hangar and all the planes in it. Bruce flew two more Buffalo planes and we all had the time of our lives. We finished this perfect day in a YK pub for a few more pints. When it comes to summer adventures — it doesn’t get any more epic than that!”

Another exciting season of Ice Pilots NWT is coming soon! Season 4 premieres on October 25th on the History Channel. Make sure to check it out!


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Mike Morrison

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