Take this quiz to test your knowledge of Britain's "Junior Service." Pro tip: It may help to take the Royal Air Force's motto to heart: <i>per ardua ad astra</i> — "through adversity to the stars."
When was the British Royal Air Force (RAF) founded?
True or false: The RAF was formed as a subdivision of the British army.
Which war was underway when the RAF was formed?
- Boer War
- World War I
- World War II
Which airplane served as a RAF long-range bomber during World War I?
- Handley Page 0/400
- Sopwith Camel
- Gotha G.V
How many opposing aircraft did RAF pilot Edward Mannock shoot down during World War I?
Which aircraft was used by the Royal Air Force as a single-seat fighter in World War I?
- Sopwith Camel
- Bristol Type 22
- Siemens-Schuckert D.IV
Why did the Royal Air Force lose several squadrons of aircraft on April 1, 1924?
- They were eliminated by budget cuts.
- They became the Fleet Air Arm.
- They were destroyed by hangar fire.
What is the motto of the Royal Air Force?
- et nunc et semper
- per ardua ad astra
- semper fidelis
Which aircraft made its maiden test flight on March 5, 1936?
- Supermarine Spitfire
- Douglas Havoc
- de Havilland Mosquito
When did the ranks used for Royal Air Force officers begin to differ from other British armed forces?
When did the Royal Air Force begin World War II operations?
True or false: The first Royal Air Force World War II bombing mission ended without bombs being dropped.
Which event ended Royal Air Force daylight bombing operations during World War II?
- failed raid at Danzig
- failed raid at Berlin
- failed raid at Wilhelmshaven, Germany
How many crew members were needed to fly the Lancaster Bomber?
What was the heaviest bomb used by the Royal Air Force in World War II?
- the Grand Slam
- HC Cookies
- Little Boy
What was unique about the Royal Air Force Eagle Squadrons?
- They flew experimental aircraft.
- They were German expatriates.
- They were Americans.
What was the nickname of the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron of World War II?
- the Trainbusters
- the Factory Killers
- the Dambusters
What was the first jet fighter put into service by the Royal Air Force?
- Gloster Meteor
- Bell P-59
- Douglas XB-43
True or false: Sir Hugh Trenchard was the Royal Air Force commander who initiated the controversial tactic of "area bombing" during World War II.
What was the code name for the Royal Air force operation during the Berlin Airlift?
- Operation Plainfare
- Operation Vittles
- Operation Berlin
Which aircraft was the first bomber used in the Royal Air Force's nuclear strike force in 1955?
Which Royal Air Force base maintained a fleet of Blue Steel nuclear missiles throughout the 1960s?
- RAF Waddington
- RAF Wittering
- RAF Woodvale
What limited role did Royal Air Force aircraft play in the Vietnam War?
- civilian evacuation
- bombing of military targets
- defending U.S. airspace
What is the southernmost Royal Air Force station in the world?
- RAF Al Udeid
- RAF Troodos
- RAF Mount Pleasant
Why is the Royal Air Force known as the "Junior Service"?
- average age of officers
- date of formation
- smaller budget
In 1994, Flight Lt. Jo Salter became the first female Royal Air Force jet pilot. Which aircraft did she fly?
- Panavia Tornado
- Hawker Harrier
- Slingsby Firefly
How many tons of food did the Royal Air Force deliver each day of the Berlin Airlift?
- 340 tons
- 1,000 tons
- 1,340 tons
How many personnel were in the Royal Air Force during World War II?
True or false: The Royal Air Force has a separate strike command, fighter command and bomber command structure.
Where is the Air Command of the Royal Air Force headquartered?
- RAF Wyton
- RAF Northolt
- RAF High Wycombe