The Royal Air Force Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • 1914
  • 1916
  • 1918

True or false: The RAF was formed as a subdivision of the British army.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • 33
  • 53
  • 73

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?

  • 1939
  • 1929
  • 1919

When did the Royal Air Force begin World War II operations?

  • 1938
  • 1939
  • 1940

True or false: The first Royal Air Force World War II bombing mission ended without bombs being dropped.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • five
  • seven
  • nine

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.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • Vampire
  • Victor
  • Valiant

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?

  • 1,208,000
  • 1,008,000
  • 808,000

True or false: The Royal Air Force has a separate strike command, fighter command and bomber command structure.

  • true
  • false

Where is the Air Command of the Royal Air Force headquartered?

  • RAF Wyton
  • RAF Northolt
  • RAF High Wycombe