When Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson belts out the line, "Live to fly, fly to live" in the classic song "Aces High" he's addressing air combat in World War II, but he's also making a personal manifesto.

Dickinson worked as a pilot for a commercial airline for years and continues to fly the band across the world on their private plane. Now the singer is in the middle of hosting 10 online weekly clips about combat planes for the Wargaming site World of Warplanes. The videos are also available on the video game company's YouTube channel.

The free-to-view series launched in June and runs through August. The Bruce Dickinson Warplanes Diaries cover World War II planes including the Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane and Messerschmitt Bf 109. Dickinson also profiles the P-51 Mustang, an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II and the Korean War. Each episode contains easter eggs aimed at Iron Maiden fans.

In addition, the site features a tribute video for "Aces High" (seen above), which highlights Battle of Britain planes Dickinson profiles in the series. The company created the clip using a combination of graphics from their in-game engine and actual archival footage.

In 2010, Wargaming launched the free-to-play title World of Tanks and followed three years later with World of Warplanes. The company's most recent title, World of Warships, was released in 2015.

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