Bisexual rock legend Freddie Mercury is to be honored by featuring on the tail fin of two new planes from Norwegian Airlines.
Norwegian traditionally uses images of famous Norwegians on the tail fins of its aircraft. However, to tie in with the expansion of its UK routes, it has begun to choose selected British figures to feature on a number of its UK.
Mercury follows in the footsteps of soccer star Booby Moore, author Roald Dahl, pilot Amy Johnson and aviation maverick Sir Freddie Laker.
He will feature on the tail-fin of a new Norwegian Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft this summer, ahead of what would have been his 71st birthday on 2 September.
A second Mercury tail fin will appear on a Norwegian 737-800 aircraft later this year.
‘It is a huge honor to have one of the greatest singers of all time adorn our aircraft’
Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer Thomas Ramdahl said in a statement, ‘As Norwegian continues its rapid expansion in the UK, our “tail fin heroes” offer us a perfect chance to pay tribute to some of the greatest Britons of all time.
‘Freddie Mercury inspired generations of music fans around the globe and it is a huge honor to have one of the greatest singers of all time adorn our aircraft.’
Mercury, who was born in 1946, rose to fame as the front man of rock band Queen in the early 1970s. Their hits included Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Gaga and We Will Rock You. He died from AIDS-related illness in 1991.
Mercury fans were quick to sing their praises on Twitter, with one (@OnlyAlperen) calling it ‘spectacular… as a true legend deserves.’
Spectacular 💞👌 as a true legend deserves 💖👑❤
— OnlyAD (@onlyalperend) June 30, 2017
Former band mate Brian May also tweeted about the news.
Freddie Mercury announced as Norwegian’s latest British tail fin hero !!! Bri https://t.co/gcZU8NIAz7
— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) July 2, 2017
Queen continue to perform around the world, with Adam Lambert replacing Mercury on vocal duties.