Take a break, step outside and peer into the heavens for a minute or two – chances are good that you’ll spot a silvery bird streaking through the skies above you. In this, the 21st century, airplanes are now so common that at any given moment, there are thousands of them rounding the Earth. But do you really know anything about famous and common aircraft?
What began as a dream in the Wright Brothers’ minds has become a reality around the globe. From small ultralight aircraft to shockingly large military jets, planes perform a mind-boggling number of vital tasks that even Orville and Wilbur couldn’t comprehend. Do you know how much it costs to make just one of the most popular airliners? Or the kind of cash that goes into building a presidential jet?
If you’ve ever taken a ride in a tiny plane into the Alaskan bush, there’s a good chance you were riding in a very common plane. Do you know which plane it was? And if you’ve ever taken a cross-country flight, you might know the name of the company that manufactured the plane – any ideas?
Of course, not all planes are for civilian purposes. Many of the most-manufactured planes ever were built for war. Do you think you can name these powerful machines of death and destruction?
Strap yourself into the cockpit and put on a helmet for good measure. It’s time for you to take our famous aircraft quiz!
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