Do not wait at TIA for Iron Maiden, band not using 747

TULSA, Okla. — Iron Maiden returns to Tulsa on Thursday, Sept. 15 for their latest performance at the BOK Center, but unlike the last time they came to Tulsa, they went be arrived on a jumbo jet.

Fans lined the southern end of the main runway and filled the parking lot of the cargo terminals at Tulsa International Airport when Iron Maiden flew its Boeing 747 Ed Force One Flight 666 to Tulsa back in February 2016. Many of them wanted to not just see the plane but catch a glimpse of lead singer and pilot Bruce Dickinson.

Unfortunately, according to TIA officials, the fanfare of that day more than six years ago will have to live in fans hearts and will not be replayed on Thursday morning. The band will arrive on a small business jet that will have none of the markings that Flight 666 had, and according to aviation tracking sites, the plane that came to Tulsa back in ‘16 has been repurposed by a European cargo company.

Airport officials told FOX23 people waiting by the cargo terminals and around the runway Thursday will see nothing, and the best bet to see the entire band is to get a ticket to the performance at the BOK Center.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article indicated that the band sold the 747. The latest version reflects the most accurate, up-to-date information.