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How Much Do You Know About Post-WWII Military Planes and Pilots?
by John Miller
San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

During the Second World War, engineers from the Axis and Allies raced to build advanced aircraft that would give their side an advantage. The war finally ended in 1945, but the research and development did not. Warplanes got bigger, faster and better than ever before, and the pilots that flew them did, too. In our jet-fast quiz, we’ll see how much you know about the planes and pilots that came of age following WWII.

During WWII, the first jet aircraft took to the skies over Nazi Germany. Once the war was over, engineers knew they’d have to take the jet concept to ever greater heights. The Americans and Soviets both generated amazing new jet fighters and bombers – do you know the names of these famous aircraft?

Hundreds of designs emerged in the post-WWII era. They included the F-100 Super Sabre, XF-108 Rapier, F-89 Scorpion and other American successes. The Soviets made a lot of notable planes, too, including the Alekeyev I-211, Sukhoi Su-24, Tupolev Tu-16, and a whole lot more, many of which terrified the American public and sparked even greater United States research.

But all of that technology would’ve been wasted without pilots who had the right stuff. Brave men (and women) slid into the cockpits of these cutting-edge aircraft and hoped for the best. Some of them made it home … but many did not.

Prepare for takeoff in our Cold War aircraft quiz! Maybe you’ll dodge those enemy SAMs, or perhaps you’ll wind up as a prisoner of our clever questions. Take our planes and pilot quiz now!

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