18: Twenty Knots
Oops, stiff wind here. Where are we?
Nicko: Somehow our missions always start with the
same question, hehe.
Adrian: It's too cold here, I wanna go home …
Bruce: Well, maybe this mission is really easy, then
we will be out of here in no time.
Adrian: Why don't I believe that?
Janick: Because it's never true?
Steve: Ok, guys, listen to the mission at hand: "Bring
back a wire from the brothers."
Nicko: Wire? A simple metal wire?
Dave: What brothers?
Bruce: I guess they mean famous brothers …
Dave: How many brothers?
Steve: It doesn't specify.
Adrian: They couldn't be more precise, huh? Always
the same mind games ...
Bruce: Maybe three brothers. They said: "the"
Brothers. Like "the" three sisters, in Macbeth?
Dave: What sisters?
Bruce: The weird sisters? When shall we three meet
again? ... Davey, do you EVER listen to any of my songs?
Nicko: Where are we, anyway? Somehow this place reminds
me of a movie set ...
Janick: Maybe they mean actors? Do you know any actors
that are brothers?
Dave: The Baldwins.
Bruce: No offense, but I think the Baldwins are not
that historically important.
Steve: If I find out that I'm wasting my time here
hunting down some American starlets, then …
Dave: Some of their movies are really good.
Janick: Yeah, but I honestly don't think we are in
Dave: The Usual Supects was great. Stephen
Baldwin as Michael McManus.
Adrian: But Nicko is right. Judging from the houses,
it could well be a setting for a western movie.
Steve: Damn, you're right. So, you think we ARE in
Janick: Why not?
Bruce: It's too cold.
Adrian: Right. Which reminds me that I want to go
Steve: The bank over there looks like out of a western
Dave: There's a boy, maybe we can ask him where we
Bruce: Ok … Pill!
Steve: Wait, Bruce ...
Bruce: What is it now again?
Steve: The sign over that building says "Bank".
That sounds pretty English to me. So before popping a pill, we might
check out whether they speak English.
Bruce: I'm sure you can find signs saying "Bank"
anywhere in the world. They even have a Bank of America in Geneva.
I remember when I lost my Mastercard back on the Seventh Son tour
Steve: Bruce ...
Bruce: Whaaaat? You don't wanna hear about me losing
my credit card on the Seventh Son tour?
Steve: Honestly? No.
Bruce: Ok, then let's just forget about the bank
thing and I'll pop that pill ...
Steve: Bruce! If this is America, and I really strongly
suspect it is, then we don't need the pills.
Bruce: Right, but … if this is America, and
I also strongly suspect it is, I still want to eat that pill. I always
wanted to speak with an American accent. So, hop and in and gulp.
… How do I talk?
Janick: Oh my God, you really talk like a Midwest
Steve: Yeah, I hope for you that this accent has
worn off in a month when we go on tour.
Bruce: Hehe. It has always worn off or we would still
be talking in Old Egyptian from our first mission.
Steve: Anyway, I refuse to take a pill if all it
does is make me speak in a strange English accent.
Bruce: Right. You don't need a pill for that, hehe.
Steve: What do you mean?
Bruce: Ardly anyfin.
Dave: So, who's gonna ask the boy? Looks like he's
waiting for somebody.
Janick: Maybe we should be careful?
Nicko: Why, do you think that boy could mean us harm?
Janick: You never know …
Adrian: Ok, let's go ask him, so that we can leave
again. I'm freezing …
Bruce: It will sound a bit stupid asking about brothers
and wire, won't it?
Steve: You know, we've sounded stupider. Can't really
get worse. These missions have STUPID written all over them. Guess
that's what you need to make prime time TV.
Janick: Somehow I agree.
Bruce: Ok, we'll ask him. But I do the talking, and
you are my friends from overseas.
Steve: Bruce! Don't monkey around.
Bruce: Yeah, yeah, don't worry.
Adrian: I have déjà-vu.
Nicko: Me too.
Bruce: Hey, boy. Hi! What's your name?
Tom: I'm Tom. Who are you?
Bruce: Hey, Tom, howya doing? I'm Bruce and these
are my buddies from overseas. Do you have a brother?
Steve: You don't honestly think this
BOY is the mission?
Bruce: Ya never know.
Tom: Actually I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
Dave: Three brothers. Maybe he's the young Baldwin.
Janick: As far as I know, none of the Baldwins is
Dave: Uhm. Right.
Nicko: What are you waiting here for, Tom? It's mighty
Tom: Yeah, but I was waiting …
Reverend: You were waiting for the Devil's brothers,
weren't you? I told you to stay at home, Tom, and not meddle with
these forbidden projects.
Steve: And who is this freak now?
Nicko: He mentioned Devil's brothers. This could
be the brothers we're looking for.
Adrian: I'm having a bad feeling again.
Bruce: And who be you, Sir?
Reverend: I am Reverend Miles Castleton, the shepherd
of this parish. And right now I am trying to save this poor sinner's
Steve: Yet another religious zealot.
I'm really getting fed up with them.
Dave: Better keep your temper in
Steve: I'm not saying anything, am
Janick: Forgive me, Reverend, but what has this boy
done that makes him a sinner?
Reverend: He has dealings with the Devil's brothers.
Nicko: Who are they?
Tom: They're not devils! Will and Orry are my friends!
Reverend: They are trying to cross the borders that
are meant by divine decree to confine the lusts and strivings of the
proudest among us earthly creatures!
Reverend: Humans are not birds!
Steve: Agreed, humans are not birds. So what? Are
those guys thinking they are birds? That doesn't make them devils.
It makes them crazy.
Reverend: I am doubting your faith, my son.
Steve: Not again. I already had trouble with your
lot some weeks ago.
Reverend: That doesn't surprise me.
Bruce: Eh-hem … anyway … can we come
back to this devil's topic? They wouldn't be experimenting with wires
by any chance?
Janick: Can you tell us where we could find these
Tom: They are waiting for me and the other men at
Reverend: Shut up, boy! They're waiting in vain.
I had a talk with the others, and was able to convince them of the
futility of it all. Go home, Tom. Nobody will come. The flock is meekly
following their shepherd.
Adrian: Am I the only one who doesn't have a clue
what's being played here?
Dave: No, mate, I feel just the same.
Tom: Ok, I will go home then. Thanks, Reverend, for
telling me. I will do some reading in my prayer book.
Reverend: This is wise, my son. God will guide you
on the right way. Good bye to you to, sirs.
Steve: There he goes, the black crow.
Janick: Are we in the Twilight Zone? What game is
Dave: We'll soon find out, I think. The boy is coming
Tom: Is he gone?
Bruce: The black crow? Mmmm, yeah. I think so.
Tom: Are you gonna help us with the experiment? Please?
Bruce: Sure. What experiment?
Tom: We need more people to pull it out. But all
the others are too afraid of the reverend.
Steve: So, could you tell us what's the deal?
Tom: I'll tell you on the way. Follow me. It's not
far to Kill Devil Hill.
Did you just say Kill Devil Hill?
Tom: Yes, that's where Will and Orry are waiting
Nicko: It seems like you know where we are, finally.
Bruce: Actually I do. Wilbur and Orville Wright made
the first flight in history from Kill Devil Hill. If you'd illegally
downloaded my new album like all the others on the BB, you would know
that by now.
Nicko: Fuck my old boots!
Bruce: Because of the illegal downloads? I don't
mind, really. I know the CD is so good, they'll all want to buy it
as soon as it comes out.
Nicko: I didn't mean the downloads ... this first
flight thing ... I thought that was Icarus and his dad?
Bruce: Yes, but we're talking about a real PLANE
here. Not just wax wings ...
Dave: So we have to get a piece of wire from the
Wright brothers' plane?
Bruce: They used wires to warp the wings. The pilot
lies on his stomach in the middle of the plane and shifts his body
weight from side to side. That in turn moves the wires ....
Steve: Cut it.
Bruce: I ...
Steve: You can tell us the details later, when we're
Bruce: Yeah, yeah, don't call me, I call you, right?
Steve: I wasn't asking you for a date.
Adrian: Ehm, coming back to the task at hand ...
What kind of help you think we could give them?
Steve: No idea. I just hope they don't ask us to
play guinea-pigs for them. No way I'll go up in the air in such a
prehistoric aircraft. I'm already shitting meself in a helicopter
Dave: As everyone who has seen Rock in Rio, knows.
Bruce: I would volunteer as guinea-pig, hehe.
Steve: Sometimes I really wonder where I dug you
Bruce: Funny, Steve, reaaaally funny.
Steve: If it's so funny, why don't you laugh?
Bruce: Hehehehe. Aaah, I'm getting sidecramps from
Bruce: Oops, angry Arry stare again.
Tom: There they are! Will and Orry ... Hey, guys,
I brought some reinforcements.
Wilbur: Hello, Tom. I'm glad to see you didn't let
us down. The wind is excellent for a first try. 20 knots exactly.
Bruce: 20 knots! It's really true. Amazing ... I
am so honoured to meet you, Mister Wright. Truly honoured.
Wilbur: Thanks, but who are you?
Tom: This is Bruce. He and his English friends are
interested in your project. And willing to help.
Steve: But we are not gonna fly, that much is for
Orville: Oh, don't worry. Apart from me and Will
nobody will be flying. It's much too dangerous if you don't know what
you're doing. Actually we are even unsure who of us will go up first
in the air.
Steve: Sensible. So you are also afraid?
Orville: No, I'm not afraid. But each of us wants
to be the first in the air. Prestige, you see?
Steve: They're just as nuts as Bruce.
Must be a pilot's disease.
Janick: How can we be of help then?
Wilbur: You could help us push the plane onto the
Nicko: Ok, let's do that. Camera's
running, this is great footage.
Adrian: So what's the deal with that Devil talk in
Wilbur: Oh, the reverend is making a riot down there.
He thinks we attempt to reach God by flying like only angels can do.
The man is nuts, I wouldn't worry too much about him.
Bruce: Oh, we don't, really. Is he against technology
then? What a bigot! Aren't we men brothers of angels? They're our
heroes, inspiring us to strive further, make our dreams come true.
So what if we sometimes crash? Discoveries can only be made when you
dare to take up the challenge.
Wilbur: Spoken like a true pioneer.
Steve: Spoken like the madman you are. Ok, where's
Orville: It's still in the hangar, we were just waiting
for you guys to help us push it out here.
Adrian: Great! This sounds like work.
Bruce: Well, let's get started then.
Janick: Are we there soon? This machine is heavy.
Bruce: Just keep pushing, hehe. Remember when we
had to push that bus in Switzerland when it broke down? Number one,
number one! Hehe.
Janick: No, I don't remember that.
Steve: You weren't in the band yet. That was on the
Beast tour, Bruce.
Bruce: Right, I forgot. Feels like only yesterday,
though. Number one, number one. Hehehe. Pushing pushing pushing.
Orville: Ok, here we are. The wind is excellent.
It will be a piece of cake. Will, d'you have the coin?
Orville: Will and me both want to go first, so we
will flip a coin to make the decision. We need an impartial hand.
Who's gonna volunteer?
Dave: I can do it.
Orville: Fine with me. Tails then.
Dave: And the winner is … Tails!
Orville: Yes! Wish me luck, brother.
Wilbur: Good luck. This flight will bring you immortality.
Bruce: It will bring you both immortality. What a
moment in history. Orville Wright making the first plane flight in
the history of Mankind.
Steve: I already get wet hands when I just think
Adrian: Did everything work out well?
Or did he crash?
Bruce: Nah, everything went just fine. You'll see.
I wish I could join him in that plane now …
Steve: Insanity, thy name is Bruce.
Bruce: You cannot understand that, Harry.
Steve: That's right. I could never understand unhealthy
Bruce: Tut tut tut. Just relax, Arry. I'm gonna have
a talk with Will about the engine. See ya later, dudes.
Nicko: Amazing, the plane has really lifted up into
Janick: To think that what we take for granted nowadays
has been an adventure in these times.
Steve: To be honest, it's still an adventure for
me, each time I board a plane.
Adrian: This guy is willing to take the chance that
he might crash with his plane. That's what I call dedication to science.
Steve: Can we talk about something else?
Dave: He's coming down again, that wasn't a long
Janick: I suppose for a first try it's long enough.
Bruce: So, how was the feeling, Orry?
Orville: Amazing. I felt so free. I could have gone
on and on. Now it's your turn, Will. Enjoy!
Bruce: Guys, I asked Will for a few inches of wire
from their backup spool. Mission accomplished!
Steve: Great news. Let's go home then.
Bruce: Ehm …
Steve: What? You worry me, when you say "ehm".
Bruce: Well, to be honest, right now is not such
a good moment to leave.
Adrian: Why not? This moment is as good as any.
Dave: Maybe they still need help.
Bruce: Actually, while I was having that talk with
Wilbur, I think he found out that I was a bit enthusiastic about the
whole flying thing.
Steve: Now how on earth would he find THAT out?
Bruce: Maybe I was a bit excited.
Adrian: A bit? Haha, that was the understatement
of the year.
Bruce: Yeah, well, everybody is happy to have their
work appreciated. And to receive positive feedback.
Janick: And you were happy to provide that, weren't
Bruce: Of course.
Steve: So, why can't we leave now? You haven't provided
a satisfying answer to my question yet.
Bruce: Ehm … well. As I said, Will was happy
that I was so enthusiastic about it. And he was kind enough to …
ehm … well …
Steve: Yes? What?
Steve: What! You want to fly in that ... that ....
prehistoric ... wired ... THING?
Bruce: Wouldn't that be so cool? I would be the third
man in history to fly an airplane.
Adrian: Do you think you know how to fly it? Must
be different from modern airplanes.
Bruce: Sure, we talked about the gears and stuff.
How I have to move it and how to get it up in the air. And I've read
about it in several books already. I feel pretty confident I can do
Nicko: Wilbur is landing the plane again. We better
make our minds up now.
Steve: I'm for leaving. Who is with me?
Dave: Well, if he really wants to try it …
Janick: Yeah, when will he ever get such an opportunity
Bruce: Steve? Pleeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaassssssseeeeeeeee!
Just a few minutes …
Steve: Minutes? Both the Wright brothers were up
in the air for only seconds. So don't you start on a Transatlantic
Bruce: Does that mean, I can try?
Steve: Ts. Well, it's not as if I could forbid it,
is it? So go ahead and make your damn flight. But try to come down
in one piece. I'd appreciate it if Maiden still had a singer for the
tour next month. And if you must crash, try not to crash on us at
Bruce: I will, promised. Oh, guys I'm so excited.
Wish me luck.
Nicko: I'm gonna film it, you better make a cool
Bruce: Ok, I'll try some loopings.
Bruce: Just kidding.
Adrian: I guess after this experience, Bruce will
love the BBC manager.
Steve: Ts. Probably. He's crazy.
Dave: There he goes. Up in the air. Wow.
Nicko: I have zoomed in on him. He's grinning and
giving me the thumbs up.
Steve: Does that mean he doesn't keep his two hands
on the stearing wheel?
Nicko: Don't worry. He probably has everything under
control. As I said, he's grinning.
Steve: Madmen are constantly grinning. Doesn't convince
me about his sanity.
Janick: He's already losing height. Soon he will
be back on the ground.
Dave: Let's applaud the pilot.
Well, done, Bruce.
Wilbur: Yes, I agree. So today, three men have tried
the Flyer and everything worked out fine. Thank you so much for your
Bruce: It was a pleasure for us. Especially for me.
Wilbur, Orville, thanks. I will never forget the day I met you. But
we have to leave now, I'm afraid.
Orville: We will mention you in our flight record.
What is your full name?
Bruce: Ehm. Well … hehe. No, it was a pleasure
to be able to fly. I don't really want to snatch the honour from you.
Wright Brothers' First Flight is a far better headline than
Wright Brothers and Bruce Dickinson's First Flight.
Just take the credit. I don't need the attention. Nope, I'm more the
shy type, anyway. No limelight for me.
Wilbur: Ok, if you wish, you shall stay anonymous.
Thank you nevertheless. And good bye, my friends.
Bruce: Yeah, good bye.
Adrian: Finally. Back in the TM. A place where it's
warm and cozy.
Bruce: I was wondering if I could stay here for a
couple of hours and you come pick me up again later.
Steve: You don't really expect an answer to that,
Bruce: I kinda knew you would say that. Well, a pilot
Nicko: It's not a dream, Bruce. I have it on tape
and you can watch it again and again if you wish. Is that a consolation?
Bruce: Yeah, a small one. But to think I was really
up there. Wow!
Janick: Guys, I just realized we didn't have to fight
for our lives on this mission.
Dave: Yes, I noticed that too. This mission was pretty
Steve: Harmless? That depends on the point of view.
Singer endangering his life four weeks before the start of the tour
is hardly harmless IMO. But you're right, compared to other adventures,
this was pretty harmless. Let's go home now, shall we?
Bruce: Good bye, Kill Devil Hill. Good bye, Kitty
Dave: Who is Kitty Hawk?
Bruce: That was the name of the plane. Kitty Hawk.
And for one second I thought you meant a hot bird.
Adrian: Oh, Dave, you'll never change!
Nicko: Ok, home sweet home now. Push the buttons!