Aircraft have been part of military tactics and strategy since before airplanes were invented (there were military balloons!). Check your knowledge of military history and technology with this military aircraft quiz.
What military aircraft is the fastest plane in the world?
What is notable about the Harrier Jump Jet?
Using directed thrust, it can take off and land vertically.
The weight of its maximum bomb payload is greater than the unloaded weight of the plane itself.
It is the world's first combat glider.
What kind of engine was originally going to be used in the experimental XB-70 Valkyrie?
a heavily modified Dodge Hemi
a nuclear reactor
a compressed air thrust system
What is the largest airplane in the world?
Antonov An-225 Mriya
C-17 Globemaster III
What plane did Britain produce in greater numbers than any other during World War II?
De Havilland Hornet
What is the maximum payload of the B-52 Stratofortress?
What U.S. World War II fighter plane had a distinctive twin-tail shape?
The Yak-3 was a fighter plane used by what nation during World War II?
The P-40 Warhawk was the primary aircraft of what famous American fighter group, known for their toothy nose art?
the Flying Tigers
the Spooky Squadron
What was the name of the B-29 Superfortress that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima?
Jenny Come Home
What World War II bomber was featured in the movie "Memphis Belle?"
B-17 Flying Fortress
What primary role does the AH-64 Apache helicopter play?
scouting and observation
During what war were aerial balloons first used on a large scale for military purposes?
the American Civil War
the War of 1812
the Franco-Prussian War
The Waco CG-4A differed from almost every other combat aircraft in World War II because it was missing what?
a tail rudder
The A-10 Thunderbolt II is commonly known by what nickname?
The Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik fighter is a good example of Soviet industrial capacity during World War II. How many did the Russians produce?
more than 12,000
more than 36,000
Near the end of World War II, the U.S. captured a German Ho 229 V3. What was it?
a submarine-launched rocket plane
a prototype spaceplane that could have bombed U.S. cities
the world's first operational jet-powered flying wing
Which plane was the first jet to be used in combat?
Messerschmitt Me 262
Focke-Wulf Fw 190
Kawasaki Ki-100 Goshikisen
The planes widely known as "Zeroes" were used by what nation in World War II?
What was the only jet fighter used by the Allies in World War II?
The Sopwith Camel was a successful British fighter plane from what war?
the Boer War
World War I
World War II
The Fokker Dr.I was a tri-wing World War I fighter plane commonly associated with what legendary German pilot?
Johann Mueller, the Iron Duke
Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron
Karl Lindmarst, the Berlin Butcher
Reduced radar signature and lowered thermal emissions are key aspects of what kind of military aircraft technology?
smart bomb technology
ultra-long range technology
What was the first stealth fighter ever used in combat?
Sukhoi PAK FA
The Avro Vulcan bomber accidentally achieved what characteristic due to its design?
extremely low radar signature
ultra-long range fuel efficiency
the ability to fly to the upper edge of the atmosphere
What U.S. jet fighter, in use from the 1970s through the early 2000s, was featured in the movie "Top Gun?"
F-15 Strike Eagle
The Bell UH-1 helicopter, used heavily by U.S. troops in Vietnam, was known by what nickname?
What powerful U.S. fighter jet was discontinued partly because there were simply no other planes in the world that could challenge it, reducing the need to produce more?
F-15 Strike Eagle
AV-8B Harrier II
What is the name of the jet fighter currently in use with five different European nations?
What two jet fighters were the most advanced and most likely to face each other over Vietnam in the 1960s and 70s?