Quiz: Do You Know These Aviation Flops & Failures?
Do You Know These Aviation Flops & Failures?
By: Steven Symes
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About This Quiz

It seems like since the dawn of time mankind has watched birds effortlessly fly through the air, dreaming of doing the same thing. Unfortunately, many of the early attempts at flight involved would-be aviators copying bird anatomy far too literally. That involved plenty of flapping wings, feathers glued to bodies, and even headgear shaped like bird heads. That might seem strange today, but before the Wright Brothers, nobody really knew how to get people up in the sky, other than using a hot air balloon. 

Likely slowing down aviation efforts were cautionary tales from various religions and cultures about the dangers, both moral and physical, of attempting to fly. One of the oldest is Icarus, a story from Greek mythology. Icarus and his father attempt to escape Crete using wings made out of wax and feathers. Emboldened by his sudden flight capabilities and ignoring his father's warnings, Icarus flies close to the sun. The rest is history. 

There are plenty of failed attempts at flight, both before and after the Wright Brothers' success. How much do you know about them? Take the quiz and find out! 

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How many wing slats did Horatio Phillips' multiplane craft contain?
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What was the cause of Delta Airlines Flight 191 crashing?
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Airplanes from what two companies collided mid-air, touching off a big upgrade in air traffic control?
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What means of propulsion did William Henson use for his failed airplane design?
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What training efforts were fueled by the crash of Air France 447?
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What was the ultimate issue that brought United Airlines Flight 173 to the ground before the runway?
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What was the biggest weakpoint of the MiG-23?
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What originally touched off the series of horrific events leading to the crash of United Airlines Flight 232?
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What was the big weakness in the Havilland Comet?
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What brought down John Stringfellow's experimental airplane?
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How many wings did the Ca 60 Noviplano have?
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Where did the fire on Air Canada Flight 797 originate?
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What unfortunate nickname did Thunderpiglet earn?
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What system triggered the fire that brought Swissair Flight 111 down?
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What part of Aloha Airlines Flight 243 failed mid-air?
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What kind of aircraft did Alphonse Penaud first design?
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How many survived the crash of USAir Flight 427?
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What safety measure did the crash of ValuJet Flight 592 trigger?
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What was the original job of the Blackburn Botha?
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What was failed aircraft inventor Besnier's profession?
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What wing design did the Bleriot III feature?
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What injury did Pierre Desforges suffer from his failed flight attempt?
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What did Giovanni Battista Danti wear to attempt personal flight?
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