Iron Maidens Bruce Dickinson besitzt die Cardiff Aviation Ltd, ein „aircraft maintenance business based at the Twin Peaks Hangar in St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales“. Jetzt wurde ihm vorgeworfen, Dronen für die US-Regierung zu bauen.
The claim had been made on the blog Dorset Eye in a post titled: 'Bruce Dickinson: Rock'n'Roll Warmonger', which took as its source an announcement on a South African conference speakers' website.
In a written statement to NME, a spokesperson for the band described the article as "spurious" and said: "This is a totally inaccurate and malicious piece of writing that seems to have stemmed from an unfortunate mistake in terminology on a South African website that the writer of said blog has since used as a starting point and catalyst to go off on a flight of sheer fantasy." They clarified: "Both Bruce Dickinson and
Iron Maiden's manager Rod Smallwood were early investors in, and remain great supporters of, Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), a company that has nothing whatsoever to do with drones, 'lighter than air' or otherwise!"