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Flying High: The Aircraft Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • 1956
  • 1968
  • 1979

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?

  • 1903
  • 1899
  • 1895

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?

  • Piper
  • Cessna
  • Cirrus

How many people died in the most deadly aircraft accident?

  • 290
  • 340
  • 500

In the 1930s a DC-3 could cross America with how many stops for refueling?

  • three
  • four
  • five

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?

  • Hercules
  • Beluga
  • Skyhawk

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?

  • Israel
  • Iran
  • Egypt

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?

  • mercury
  • helium
  • 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?

  • Anson
  • Spitfire
  • Kingcobra

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?

  • 2006
  • 1996
  • 1986

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?

  • Phantom
  • Stealth Bomber
  • Lightning

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