Ewan McGregor visits a flying legend at Imperial War Museum Duxford

By Culture24 Staff | 07 July 2009
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Ewan McGregor (above) with the plane, Hazy Lily. Picture courtesy IWM Duxford

Film star Ewan McGregor visited the Imperial War Museum Duxford this week to see his movie co-star, the Lockheed Electra plane, as part of the promotion of his latest film, Amelia, about aviator Amelia Earhart.

The plane, called Hazy Lily, is one of the few surviving Lockheed Electras in existence. It is identical to the plane flown by Earhart on her ill-fated voyage of July 2 1937, during which she disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.

"Filming Amelia stoked my interest in historic planes and early flight," reflected McGregor. "Last week, I flew in some of the most incredible machines from the Second World War, which was a rare privilege. I am sorry that I will miss seeing more of Flying Legends at Duxford next weekend – I certainly look forward to going back again and again."

Hazy Lily has an interesting background. Once owned by the man who inspired Ian Fleming's James Bond character, the plane is also rumoured to have been used in the 1942 film, Casablanca.

Visitors will get to see Hazy Lily in action this weekend when she takes to the skies as part of the Duxford Flying Legends.

For more information on the Flying Legends Air show visit the Imperial War Museum Duxford online.

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