The Run to The Hills singer diverted his replica Fokker Dr1 to RAF Halton rather than risk his fuel supplies, and he has been praised by experts.

Gary Coleman, the commander of operations at RAF Halton, tells the local Bucks Herald, "We applaud Bruce Dickinson's decision to divert to RAF Halton rather than press to his destination with potentially low fuel.

"To see such a well-regarded pilot, and world-renowned rock singer, make this decision is great for our student pilots to see. It makes them realise that anyone can find themselves low on fuel due to unforeseen circumstances and that the right decision is to divert.

"He really does have a magnificent Fokker Triplane, so it was a pleasure to provide it with a home for a few nights until we sent him on his way."