Flying High: The Aircraft Quiz
Manned flight has altered the course of humanity. How much do you know about the aircraft of the world? Take this quiz to find out.
The Cessna 172 Skyhawk was first produced in what year?
Which is considered one of the most successful fighter planes in history?
- Grumman F-14 Tomcat
- McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
- McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
The Wright brothers flew the first airplane in what year?
The Boeing 747's wingspan measures how many feet?
- 150 feet (46 meters)
- 195 feet
- 220 feet
The F-111 Aardvark was deployed heavily during which war?
- Vietnam War
- World War II
- Korean War
Which single-engine aircraft company has sold more planes than any other?
How many people died in the most deadly aircraft accident?
In the 1930s a DC-3 could cross America with how many stops for refueling?
What percentage of people involved in plane crashes manage to survive?
- about 40 percent
- about 60 percent
- about 95 percent
Which model is the longest continuously produced aircraft ever?
Approximately how long does the oxygen last in a plane's emergency masks?
- 15 minutes
- 45 minutes
- 90 minutes
Which plane recorded the highest speeds in history?
- North American X-15
- SR-71 Blackbird
- Bell X-1
How long did it take the supersonic jet Concorde to fly from Paris to New York?
- one and a half hours
- three and a half hours
- seven hours
For how long was the Lockheed SR-71 the world's fastest aircraft?
- about 20 years
- about eight years
- about 40 years
Which country's air force has the last flying F-14 Tomcats?
Boeing's Dreamliner gets how much better fuel efficiency over its 767, which it replaced?
- 10 percent
- 20 percent
- 30 percent
In total how much wiring is there in a Boeing 747?
- 150 miles (241 kilometers)
- 18 miles
- 12,000 yards
Which fighter jet had vertical takeoff capability?
- McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
- McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II
- Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II
Which fighter jet is often called the "Viper" by its pilots?
- Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
- General Dynamic F-16 Fighting Falcon
- North American X-15
Which substance is not allowed on flights because it can damage a plane's aluminum construction?
- nitrous oxide
Boeing spent at least how much cash developing its landmark Dreamliner?
- $80 billion
- $50 billion
- $30 billion
What was the model name of the only British fighter to be produced from the beginning to the end of World War II?
What is the approximate cruising speed of a commercial jet?
- 750 miles per hour (1,207 kilometers)
- 560 miles per hour
- 400 miles per hour
The first Boeing Dreamliners were plagued by which infamous problem?
- battery fires
- wing-flap malfunctions
- computer bugs
In what year did the Voyager fly around the world without landing or refueling?
Ballistic Recovery Systems is most famous for creating what product?
- water-landing survival gear
- whole-plane parachutes
- pilot airbag systems
What is the B-2 Spirit better known as?
- Stealth Bomber
How many gallons can a Boeing 747 carry?
- 20,000 gallons (75,708 liters)
- 40,000 gallons
- 60,000 gallons
What is the maximum takeoff weight of the Dreamlifter cargo plane?
- 2 million pounds (907,185 kilograms)
- 900,000 pounds
- 500,000 pounds
What sort of plane did Chuck Yeager fly to break the sound barrier?
- Bell X-1
- Lockheed U-2
- Convair F-106