To celebrate the release of Liam Neeson’s latest white-knuckle thrill ride Non-Stop on Blu-ray, we went to the North London flying school to test out our aeronautic abilities. 

Here’s what we learned:

Flying a plane is (physically) easier than it looks.

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We’ve all seen the frantic pilot in action films with his arms trembling and his fists clenched as he struggles to pull up as his aircraft crashes towards the Earth. In reality, planes respond quickly to the controls, requiring only delicate movements. Just don’t ask us what any of the instruments and dials mean.

What we did:

Rotated the control column delicatelty to bank the plane left or right.

What Liam Neeson would do:

Smash the hijacker’s face against the controls, rendering him unconscious before jumping out of the plane and using his body to cushion his fall. Threat eliminated.

 

Not all planes can do stunts.

Asking if we can make the plane do a loop-the-loop is like asking if your mum if you can jump the River Thames in her 20-year-old Fiesta. Do not attempt.

What we did:

Asked nicely if we could do a barrel roll. Request declined.

What Liam Neeson would do:

Flip the plane upside down and engage the enemy in foot-to-foot combat while maintaining a perfect (but still masculine) handstand.

 

Flying through a rain cloud is pretty scary.

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But don’t worry about lightning. Most aircraft skins consist primarily of aluminium, which conducts electricity causing the lightning to pass through the plane without harming you.

What we did:

Flew into a big rain cloud and then back out the other side

What Liam Neeson would do:

Fly the plane into the heart of a tornado and hold the hijacker's head out of the window, effectively decapitating the poor son-of-a-gun.

 

The ‘floating gun’ trick would actually work.

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Our pilot instructor Jordan had us hold a pen flat on our palm while he made the plane climb and then drop again, creating a 0g environment in the cockpit and causing the pen to rise! We weren’t able to catch it again because we were to busy cacking our pants in the name of science.

What we did:

Made a pen float for a second.

What Liam Neeson would do:

Make a loaded gun float into his hand and shoot that hijacker right between the eyes before you can say ‘seatbelts on’.

NON-STOP is out on Blu-ray, DVD and Limited Edition Steel Book from 30 June.