Quiz: Which Military Aircraft Are You Meant to Fly?
Which Military Aircraft Are You Meant to Fly?
By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

The military has the best toys. Tiny pistols. Huge railguns. Fast, amphibious boats. Huge nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. By far, the best toys are the aircraft.

Military aircraft are highly specialized machinery. Some are designed for search and rescue. Some are designed for combat. Some are designed for simple transport and others for incredibly narrow missions. Aircraft include everything from ultralights to helicopters, to two-seaters, to long-legged C-130s which can carry tanks anywhere in the world. Pilots are required to have special talents for each of these aircraft, because each one has its own feel and, given its mission, its own requirements.

The elements that make up combat awareness lend themselves to the layout of an F-18 by design, but some aircraft still in service were drawn up long before "form follows function" was the governing philosophy at places like Lockheed and General Dynamics.

What is fascinating is that while some technology has changed the game in shocking ways, some of the old ways still stick around, because some time around WWII someone invented something we just haven't improved on. Could you handle flying a stone age plane into a combat zone?

Take stock of your qualities, your skills and even your height! Do you have the right stuff to skip across the stratosphere, or will you be ferrying VIPs around in a chopper? Take this quiz and find out!

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