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Thursday, 7 February, 2002, 16:55 GMT
McGregor flies high for charity
Ewan and Colin McGregor
The McGregor brothers after the trip
Black Hawk Down star Ewan McGregor has described his 620mph jet flight as"unbelievable" and "awesome".

The Hollywood actor, 30, who took the flight as a charity stunt, said it had been even better than starring in the film Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.


The first time you pull G (G-force) your suit inflates and your eyeballs are coming out of your head and it does make you feel queasy

Ewan McGregor
His brother, Flight Lieutenant Colin McGregor, 32, flew him from RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland, on a route around Scotland which took him to a Scottish glen nicknamed "Star Wars Alley".

After the flight, McGregor said he could not compare acting in movies to flying a jet.

"I'm glad they don't trust me to do that," he said.

He said his trip around Scotland had been a blur.

Ewan McGregor
McGregor: "Very good" passenger
"It's unbelievably fast and low and there was this crazy thing where we went really slowly and then really fast and very low over the sea and then before you know it, you're upside down, 14,000ft in the blinking of an eye.

"The first time you pull G (G-force) your suit inflates and your eyeballs are coming out of your head and it does make you feel queasy.

"I can't believe what he does for a living. To get back low-level again you have got to find a break in the cloud and that felt very Star Wars to me."

'Well-behaved'

The flight was in aid of Rachel House, Scotland's only children's hospice in Kinross, Perthshire.

McGregor's brother Colin said the star was a "very good passenger" and had been "well behaved".

Ewan McGregor
May the G-Force be with you
The star flew over parts of Fife, the Cairngorms, Glencoe, Skye and the famous "Star Wars Alley" at Glen Tilt in Perthshire.

Crews and staff at RAF Lossiemouth have already raised a four-figure sum for the hospice and hope to reach 20,000 by the end of the air display season in October.

The one-hour charity flight was organised by XV Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray.

Whales

McGregor is an ardent supporter of the Children's Hospice Association Scotland and crew and staff at the base are hoping to raise a total of 20,000 for the charity.

It is not the first time that McGregor has sought out more dangerous activities.

Last year he trekked through an Honduran jungle for the BBC programme Trips Money Can't Buy.

He is also due to travel to the Canadian Arctic in May and dive below the six-foot thick ice to film whales.

McGregor will next be seen on the big screen in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones later in the summer.

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