Flying High: The Aircraft Quiz

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Which fighter jet had vertical takeoff capability?
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II
The AV-8B Harrier II was the second generation of this innovative fighter family. The idea was that it could land and takeoff without a full runway, which made it more useful for the military.
Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II

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The F-111 Aardvark was deployed heavily during which war?
Vietnam War
It was used for electronic warfare; spying and bomb runs during the Vietnam War. They were also successfully used against armored vehicles and tanks in the Gulf War during Operation Desert Storm.
World War II
Korean War

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Which single-engine aircraft company has sold more planes than any other?
Piper
Cessna
The founder of Cessna built his own plane and piloted it for the first time in 1911. The Cessna Aircraft Company was founded in 1927.
Cirrus

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What was the only British fighter to be produced throughout the entirety of World War II?
Anson
Supermarine Spitfire
The Spitfire was one of the fastest fighters of the era. It wasn't actually retired from use until 1961.
Kingcobra

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What is the B-2 Spirit better known as?
Phantom
Stealth Bomber
The Stealth Bombers, over the course of their production, averaged over $2 billion each. They were produced from 1987-2000.
Lightning

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Which model is the longest continuously produced military aircraft?
Hercules
The fundamental design of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules is so solid that it has survived several makeover attempts. It has been produced for over 60 years.
Beluga
Skyhawk

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The Wright brothers flew the first engine-powered airplane in what year?
1903
Their maiden flight in 1903 went about 120 feet (37 meters). The plane was mainly constructed of spruce wood and muslin, and used a gasoline-powered engine.
1899
1895

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Approximately how long does the oxygen last in a plane's emergency masks?
15 minutes
The oxygen lasts 15 minutes. This is normally enough time to get the plane to a low-enough altitude that there is no need for additional oxygen.
45 minutes
90 minutes

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In the 1930s a DC-3 could cross America with how many stops for refueling?
Three
You could cross America and stop only three times to refuel. Before the DC-3 you might have to stop a whopping 15 times before your journey's end.
Four
Five

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What is the approximate cruising speed of a commercial jet?
750 miles per hour
560 miles per hour
At 560 miles per hour, it's no wonder that flying is so much faster than driving.
400 miles per hour

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How long did it take the supersonic jet, Concorde, to fly from Paris to New York?
One and a half hours
Three and a half hours
It took about three and a half hours, and the jet's maximum speed was more than 1,300 miles per hour (2,092 kilometers per hour.)
Seven hours

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In total, how much wiring is there in a wide-body Boeing 747?
150 miles
They are essentially flying computers, with their 150 miles of wiring. The weight of the wiring actually makes up an enormous part of the overall weight of an airplane, which has a lot of influence on mechanical design.
18 miles
12,000 yards

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What sort of plane did Chuck Yeager fly to break the sound barrier?
Bell X-1
He topped 700 miles per hour. Unsurprisingly, the engine burned-out, and Yeager had to glide to a landing on a dry lake bed.
Lockheed U-2
Convair F-106

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How many people died in the most deadly aircraft accident?
290
496
583
When two 747s collided on the runway in Tenerife, Spain, 583 people died, making it the deadliest aviation accident in history. Amazingly, 61 passengers from one of the airplanes survived.

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Which substance is not allowed on flights because it can damage a plane's aluminum construction?
Mercury
Mercury can cause significant damage to a plane. It essentially degrades the aluminum that makes up most of the plane's structure.
Helium
Nitrous oxide

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What is roughly the maximum takeoff weight of the Dreamlifter cargo plane?
2 million pounds
800,000 pounds
The bulbous plane has a maximum takeoff weight of 803,001 pounds, and the interior space to accommodate huge items. The width of the fuselage is over 27 feet.
500,000 pounds

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Which fighter jet is often called the "Viper" by its pilots?
Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
General Dynamic F-16 Fighting Falcon
More than 25 countries have purchased F-16s. It's been in use since 1978.
North American X-15

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For roughly how long was the Lockheed SR-71 the world's fastest aircraft?
20 years
Eight years
40 years
It was the fastest aircraft for about 40 years. One pilot flew the plane 15,000 miles in just over 10 hours.

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Which is considered one of the most successful fighter planes in history?
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
To date, the F-15 Eagle has never been defeated in aerial combat--at least the United States hasn't admitted it. A number of countries have claimed to have shot them down.

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Which country's air force has the last flying F-14 Tomcats?
Israel
Iran
F-14 Tomcats were first exported to Iran from the U.S. back in 1976. They are still in use by the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force.
Egypt

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Boeing's Dreamliner gets what percentage better fuel efficiency over the Boeing 767, which it replaced?
10 percent
20 percent
It gets 20 percent better fuel efficiency, which is considered an evolution in commercial flight. It can hold up to 335 passengers.
30 percent

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The Boeing 747's wingspan measures how many feet?
150 feet
195 feet
That's 75 feet longer than the distance of the Wright brothers' first flight. The first 747 was built in 1969.
220 feet

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The first Boeing Dreamliners were plagued by which infamous problem?
Battery fires
The entire U.S. fleet was grounded temporarily until Boeing fixed the battery-fire issue. They were grounded for almost half a year in 2013.
Wing-flap malfunctions
Computer bugs

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Which plane recorded the highest speeds in history?
North American X-15
The North American X-15 hit more than 4,200 miles per hour, which is about Mach 6.7. It obtained maximum speed on October 3, 1967, while piloted by William J. "Pete" Knight.
SR-71 Blackbird
Bell X-1

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Ballistic Recovery Systems is most famous for creating what product?
Water-landing survival gear
Whole-plane parachutes
The whole-plane parachutes are credited with saving nearly 400 lives as of February 2018. They were first deployed in 1983.
Pilot airbag systems

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Roughly how many gallons of fuel can a Boeing 747 carry?
20,000 gallons
32,000 gallons
48,000 gallons
The tanks are so large, that a full-grown man can walk and crawl inside of them.

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Boeing spent roughly how much money developing its landmark Dreamliner?
$80 billion
$50 billion
$30 billion
Boeing spent about $30 billion. In spite of production delays, the aircraft has been snapped up by airline companies.

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Roughly what is the likelihood of surviving a plane crash?
40 percent
60 percent
95 percent
Believe it or not, the survivability is around 95%--and sitting near the rear of the plane yields higher rates of survival than sitting in the first few rows.

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In what year did the Voyager fly around the world without landing or refueling?
2006
1996
1986
The 1986 trip covered more than 25,000 miles (40,234 kilometers) and took nine days. It was piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager (amazingly, of no relation to Chuck Yeager!)

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The Cessna 172 Skyhawk was first produced in what year?
1956
More than 40,000 have been sold since 1956. Cessna 172s are the most popular aircraft in aviation history.
1968
1979

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