Could You Pass the Air Force Officer Exam (AFOQT)?


By: Annette

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About This Quiz

Since you can remember, have you wanted to be anything but a pilot in the U.S. Airforce? Well, if not a pilot, then maybe you wanted to work on, design or build aircraft. The U.S. Airforce is filled with a diverse and talented staff of knowledgeable professionals, from engineers and pilots to aerodynamics scientists and mechanics. 

So, where do you fit into the greatest air force in the world? Well, that's where the Air Force Officer Exam (AFOQT) comes in. This exam will show you where your biggest strengths are, and areas you can use improvement or more schooling.

Questions such as, "What are ailerons used for?" or "What do you call the force that overcomes gravitational force and keeps the airplane flying?" may help you figure out if you have the aptitude to be a great pilot. Do you know what makes a plane turn? How does the plane raise into the air? Or, where the cowling is located on a plane? Sounds like some serious stuff, doesn't it? 

From the specifics of aerodynamics and how the plane operates to general questions of science and aviation such as knowing if air density affects a planes capability or remembering Newton's first law of motion, these questions will push you to the limits.

Take this quiz to see if you have what it takes to be the flyboy you always thought you were!

What does a tachometer measure?

The tachometer measures the engine's RPMS. This refers to revolutions per minute.


True or False: Air density affects airplane capability.

It is true that air density affects the airplane's capability. Less dense air reduces power, thrust, and lift.


What do you call the force that overcomes gravitational force and keeps the airplane flying?

Lift is the force necessary to overcome gravitational force to keep the plane flying. Without lift, you couldn't be a pilot, my friend.


What is the advantage of an inherently stable airplane?

The main benefit of an inherently stable airplane is that it's easier to control. That doesn't mean you can relax and put your feet up, though!


What does it mean when an aircraft ammeter is indicating a minus value?

When the aircraft ammeter is indicating a minus value, it means that the generator output is not adequate. It also means that the alternator output is inadequate.


What is vertical velocity?

Vertical velocity measures the feet/minute. This applies to climbing and diving.


What does an ammeter measure?

The ammeter is used to measure battery power. Electric currents are measured in amperes (A), and that's where the name comes from.


On an airfield diagram, a closed runway is marked as _______.

On an airfield diagram, a closed runway will be marked as X X X. You seriously don't want to land on that runway.


When does the pilot always advance the throttle?

When climbing, the pilot always advances the throttle. You're going to have a hard time climbing if you don't.


What controls the plane's pitch?

The elevators control the pitch--or the movement of a plane up and down. The rudder controls movement from side to side.


The cowl flaps help to _____ the engine.

The cowl flaps are designed to cool the engine.


What does the propeller create?

The propeller is designed to provide thrust. We all know that a plane with no thrust is SOL.


The rudder moves the airplane nose _______.

The rudder is designed to move the airplane nose left and right. The elevators move the nose up and down.


Which of these is a secondary flight control?

All of these are examples of secondary flight controls. The list also includes trim devices.


What is the fuselage?

The fuselage is the main body of the aircraft. The aircraft structure is also composed of wings, empennage and landing gear.


Why are propeller blades curved on one side and flat on the other?

Propeller blades are curved on one side and flat on the other in order to produce thrust. Without thrust, you're not going to have much luck on your aircraft.


Where are ailerons located?

Ailerons are located on the outer edge of the wings. Ailerons usually work in opposition of one another.


Where is cowling located?

Cowling is located around the engine. The cowling is a kind of removable cover.


Pitch makes the airplane go ______.

Pitch makes an airplane go up and down. Bank makes the airplane roll or turn.


How many axes of flight are there?

There are three axes of flight. These are pitch, roll and yaw.


What forms the angle of attack?

The angle of attack is formed by the chord of an airfoil and the direction of relative wind. The phrase does not literally mean that you're going to attack anyone.


Which of these is an aerodynamic force acting on an airplane?

Drag is the aerodynamic motion opposing a plane's movement through the air.


When a pilot wants to land and receives a steady red light from air traffic control, it means _______.

When you see that steady red light up in the air, it means that you need to keep circling. It doesn't necessarily mean that there is any danger on land.


Which of these is a part of the Power Plant?

The engine and the propellers are the two components of the power plant. The engine is, of course, made up of cylinders, pistons and fans.


What is Newton's first law of motion?

Newton's first law of motion states that a body at rest stays at rest, and a body in motion stays in motion. Anyone sitting on the couch knows that.


What opposes the rearward retarding force of airplane drag?

Thrust opposes the rearward retarding force of airplane drag. Think of it like checks and balances.


What makes an airplane turn?

The horizontal component of lift is what makes an airplane turn. There is no vertical elevation of drag, but it sounds cool.


What are ailerons used for?

Ailerons are used for controlling roll.


A tachometer is a(n) ______ instrument.

A tachometer is an engine instrument. So is an ammeter and altitude in MSL.


At night, airport taxiways are illuminated by what color omnidirectional edge lights?

At night, airport taxiways are illuminated by blue omnidirectional edge lights. And they look pretty from overhead.


True or False: All the parts of the empennage are fixed.

It's false that all the parts of the empennage are fixed. There are both stable and moving parts.


What happens when the elevator trim tabs are lowered?

The nose goes up on a plane when the elevator trim tabs are lowered. This is important for takeoff.


When wingflaps are extended, they provide ______.

When wingflaps are in the down position, or extended, they provide greater lift and more drag. Sometimes, you just need a little more lift and drag, y'all.


What does a flashing green air traffic control light mean?

The flashing green light from air traffic control means that a pilot is cleared to taxi. Make sure the light is flashing!


Which of these is not a flight instrument?

Yep, there is no such thing as an ongenator. There are airspeed indicators, altimeters, altitude indicators and velocity indicators.


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