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Air Superiority: The Military Aircraft Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • Sukhoi Su-24
  • SR-71 Blackbird
  • F-18 Hornet

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?

  • C-5 Galaxy
  • 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
  • Supermarine Spitfire
  • Vickers Valiant

What is the maximum payload of the B-52 Stratofortress?

  • 20,000 pounds
  • 40,000 pounds
  • 70,000 pounds

What U.S. World War II fighter plane had a distinctive twin-tail shape?

  • P-36 Hawk
  • P-38 Lightning
  • P-66 Vanguard

The Yak-3 was a fighter plane used by what nation during World War II?

  • Russia
  • Britain
  • China

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
  • the Devilfish

What was the name of the B-29 Superfortress that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima?

  • Enola Gay
  • Hellfire Special
  • Jenny Come Home

What World War II bomber was featured in the movie "Memphis Belle?"

  • B-24 Liberator
  • B-25 Mitchell
  • B-17 Flying Fortress

What primary role does the AH-64 Apache helicopter play?

  • heavy transport
  • attack gunship
  • 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?

  • windows
  • a tail rudder
  • an engine

The A-10 Thunderbolt II is commonly known by what nickname?

  • Smokey
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Warthog

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
  • about 25,000
  • 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?

  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Japan

What was the only jet fighter used by the Allies in World War II?

  • Gloster Meteor
  • P-51 Mustang
  • Curtiss Helldiver

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
  • stealth technology
  • ultra-long range technology

What was the first stealth fighter ever used in combat?

  • Sukhoi PAK FA
  • F-117 Nighthawk
  • A-12 Avenger

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-20 Tigershark
  • F-15 Strike Eagle
  • F-14 Tomcat

The Bell UH-1 helicopter, used heavily by U.S. troops in Vietnam, was known by what nickname?

  • Hangtime
  • Huey
  • Bulldog

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
  • F-22 Raptor
  • AV-8B Harrier II

What is the name of the jet fighter currently in use with five different European nations?

  • EU-77 Citadel
  • IG-4 EuroJet
  • Eurofighter Typhoon

What two jet fighters were the most advanced and most likely to face each other over Vietnam in the 1960s and 70s?

  • B-58 Hustler and Yak-28
  • F-111B and Tu-28
  • F-4 Phantom II and MiG-21