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Learning to fly is like reading a book: Hilary Swank

The actress took piloting lessons to prepare for her role as famous aviator Amelia Earhart in upcoming movie Amelia, and says the experience of trying a new skill transported her back to childhood.

entertainment Updated: Nov 04, 2009 16:24 IST

picThe actress took piloting lessons to prepare for her role as famous aviator Amelia Earhart in upcoming movie Amelia, and says the experience of trying a new skill transported her back to childhood.

Hilary said: "Putting my hands on the wheel for the first time was a rush. After a certain age, there's not many firsts you experience in your life, so learning to fly reminded me of the childlike feeling of exhilaration when you first ride a bike or read a book."

Hilary, 35, was disappointed to be banned by film bosses from completing her full pilot training and plans to continue working towards her license in future – even though she struggled to get to grips with some elements of the course. She explained to The Scotsman newspaper: "I'd like to get my licence and continue to go up on my own.

"I flew for 19 hours, but they couldn't let me go up when they were shooting. I taxi the plane – but that's on the ground, and I would like to see this through. What I didn't know when I started was the calculations that go into flying. It was like I was back in school doing calculus. I don't sweat much – but I'd do a two-hour flight and I'd be drenched from the concentration.

"I do want to go back. I don't want to just say, 'Yeah, I flew.' " The ‘Boys Don’t Cry star also had different experiences of flying - jetting across the world so frequently to promote her projects that flight attendants started to mock her. She explained: "The air staff actually laugh at me because they know me so well and they tell me it's illegal for them to fly as much as I do. I'm constantly in the air."