There are quite a lot of things that are commonplace today that would seem truly outlandish to people who lived hundreds of years ago. Packing hundreds of irritable and exasperated people into a humongous metal machine and flying them across the Atlantic Ocean is one such thing. While humans can run and they can learn to swim, flight is one thing that we just aren't capable of doing naturally. However, thanks to aircraft of all shapes and sizes, for a couple hundred dollars anyone can get into a seat next to a crying baby and soar through the sky for hours. It's truly magical!
Sarcastic jokes aside, aircraft are truly important for several day-to-day happenings in modern society. From hauling cargo and people from one country to another, to saving lives in emergency situations and fighting in military conflicts, aircraft are a central part of the modern world. In this quiz, we've taken two of the most prolific manufactures of aircraft - Boeing and Airbus - to see if you have what it takes to correctly match them to some of their most interesting and notable aircraft! So are you ready to reach for the stars (and correct answers)? Then let's get started!
WikiCommons by SSGT Alex Lloyd, USAF
Who created the VC-25; an aircraft that has been designated as “Air Force One” by the United States Air Force?
The VC-25 is a wide-body transportation aircraft that was created by Boeing as a military version of their 747 airliner. Only two of them exist and they are famous for being used for presidential transport as “Air Force One” (designated as such by the United States Air Force).
WikiCommons by David Pryde
Did Boeing or Airbus create this whale-themed cargo freight aircraft?
The A300-600ST Beluga is an outsize cargo freight aircraft that was created as a modified version of the standard A300-600. The “Beluga” moniker is a direct reference to the whale of the same name that it resembles.
WikiCommons by Ronnie Macdonald
Which of these two companies is responsible for creating the “Super Hornet” multirole fighter?
The F/A-18F Super Hornet is a carrier-based multirole fighter that features twin-engines. At least 600 of them have been built and they are primarily used by the United States Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.
WikiCommons by Spaceaero2
The Dreamliner is a twin-engine jet airliner created by which of these two manufacturers?
The 787 Dreamliner is a long-haul, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner that was introduced in 2011. It is currently still in service and is primarily used by American Airlines, All Nippon Airways, and United Airlines.
Who is developing the hybrid-electric aircraft that is known as the E-Fan X?
The E-Fan X is a planned hybrid-electric aircraft that is expected to have its first flight in 2020. It is a joint project between Airbus, Rolls-Royce plc and Siemens.
Did Boeing or Airbus create the Stratojet, a post-World War II strategic bomber?
The B-47 Stratojet is a six-engine, turbojet-powered strategic bomber that was introduced in 1951. It is perhaps most notable for its innovations that led to many of the features seen in modern jet airliners.
WikiCommons by Vera.vvo
Which company created the A319 jet airliner, Boeing or Airbus?
The A319 is a narrow-body, twin-engine jet airliner that has the capacity to carry up to 160 passengers. Production began in 1994 and is still ongoing, with well more than 1,400 having been built.
WikiCommons by Kambui
The CC-150 Polaris that is used by the Royal Canadian Air Force was created by which company?
The CC-150 Polaris is a long distance transport and mid-air refueling aircraft that was introduced in 1992. It is primarily used by the Royal Canadian Air Force and was converted from Airbus A310-300s.
WikiCommons by USAF Museum
The stealth aircraft known as the “Bird of Prey” was manufactured by which company, Airbus or Boeing?
The Bird of Prey is an experimental stealth aircraft that was developed by Boeing and McDonnell Douglas (which has since been merged with Boeing). While it never entered production (only one example was built), much of the technology and parts that led to its development were applied to future projects.
WikiCommons by Alex Pereslavtsev
Did Boeing or Airbus create the iconic 747 commercial aircraft?
The 747 is a wide-body jet airliner and cargo aircraft that was first introduced in 1970. It is one of the most recognizable aircraft in the world and held the record for highest passenger capacity for 37 years.
Which of these companies manufactured the A320 jet airliner?
The A320 is a narrow-body twin-engine jet airliner that is the initial member of the aptly named A320 family of aircraft (which consists of the A318, A319, A320 and A321). The competition between the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737 is one of the most notable rivalries between the two companies.
WikiCommons by Rob Schleiffert
This bomber was the most expensive weapons project in World War II but who created it, Airbus or Boeing?
The B-29 Superfortress is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber that most notably carried out the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With design and production expenses that exceeded even the Manhattan Project ($3 billion vs $1.9 billion), the Superfortress is distinctive for being the single most expensive weapons project in World War II.
WikiCommons by Balon Greyjoy
Who created the extremely effective World War II-era bomber, the Flying Fortress?
The B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber that was introduced in 1938. It was primarily used by the United States Army Air Forces and the Royal Air Force and well over 12,000 units were built between 1938 and 1945.
WikiCommons by Diego7864
Did Airbus or Boeing create the A321 jet airliner?
The A321 is a narrow-body twin-engine jet airliner that is currently still in service after being first introduced in 1994. More than 1,700 of them have been produced and they are currently used primarily by American Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and China Southern Airlines.
WikiCommons by Erik Drost
The Stratoliner pioneered pressurized cabins in transport aircraft but which company manufactured it?
The Model 307 Stratoliner is a transport aircraft that was first introduced in 1940 and retired in 1975. It is notable for being the very first commercial transport aircraft that featured a pressurized cabin.
WikiCommons by Kambui
Which manufacturer is responsible for the creation of the A380 jet airliner?
The A380 is a four-engine jet airliner that features a double deck and a wide body. A notable entry in the rivalry between Airbus and Boeing, it was introduced with the intent of challenging the monopoly that Boeing had on the large-aircraft market.
WikiCommons by ICGS
The United States Coast Guard uses “Ocean Sentry” aircraft that are made by which company?
The EADS HC-144 Ocean Sentry is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft that was built by Airbus Military. Only 18 of them have ever been built and they are currently used by the United States Coast Guard.
One of the most famous examples of this aircraft is NASA’s “Balls 8” but which company is responsible for making it?
The B-52 Stratofortress is a subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber that was first introduced in 1955. While they were extensively used by the United States Air Force, one of the most notable units (nicknamed “Balls 8”) was used by NASA.
WikiCommons by Senior Airman Christine Halan
Did Boeing or Airbus create the A310 MRTTs that the German Air Force uses?
The A310 Multi Role Tanker Transport (often simply shortened to A310 MRTT) is an aerial refueling tanker aircraft that was introduced in 2003. It is primarily used by the German Air Force and as the name suggests, it is based on the A310 transport aircraft.
WikiCommons by Radomil
At least 15 countries make use of the C-295. Do you know which manufacturer is responsible for creating this popular transport aircraft?
The EADS CASA C-295 is a tactical military transport aircraft that was introduced in 2001 by Airbus Defence and Space. More than 160 of them have been produced and they are currently used primarily by the Spanish Air Force, Mexican Air Force, and the Egyptian Air Force.
WikiCommons by Clemens Vasters
This innovative passenger airline, the Model 247, was created by which manufacturer, Boeing or Airbus?
The Model 247 is a passenger airliner that was introduced in 1933 and is now retired. The 247 is responsible for showcasing certain advantageous features at the time, such as retractable landing gear, cantilevered wings, and all-metal semi-monocoque construction.
WikiCommons by Makaristos
The long-range A340 was a notable achievement for which company, Airbus or Boeing?
The A340 is a four-engine, wide-body passenger jet airliner that was officially introduced in 1993. One of its variants, the A340-500, once notably held the title of longest-range commercial airliner.
AFP news agency
Who created this unmanned aerial vehicle whose name stands for Test of Hi-tech Objectives in Reality?
The THOR is an unmanned aerial vehicle that was created by Airbus and had its first flight in November 2015. It notably holds the distinction of being the very first 3D printed aircraft in the world.
The extremely effective B-1 Lancer was built by which company, Boeing or Airbus?
The Rockwell B-1 Lancer is a supersonic strategic heavy bomber that was officially introduced in 1986. Some of its most notable appearances include Operation Desert Fox in Iraq and the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.
WikiCommons by Julian Herzog
The Eurofighter Typhoon is a popular fighter aircraft that is widely used in Europe. Was it built by Airbus or Boeing?
The Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine multirole fighter that features a canard–delta wing design. It is primarily used by the Royal Air Force, Spanish Air Force, German Air Force, and Italian Air Force.
WikiCommons by Boeing Dreamscape
Did Airbus or Boeing create the prototype 367-80 aircraft?
The 367-80 is a prototype transport aircraft that was introduced in 1955 by Boeing. Only one was ever built but it eventually served as a direct inspiration for the Boeing 707 and the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker.
WikiCommons by flybyeigenheer
More than 1,400 units of the A330 airliner have been produced by which company?
The A330 is a wide-body twin-engine jet airliner that was first officially introduced in 1994. It is primarily used by Turkish Airlines, Air China, and China Eastern Airlines.
WikiCommons by Pablo Fernicola
Did Boeing or Airbus make the electronic warfare aircraft known as the EA-18G Growler?
The EA-18G Growler is an electronic warfare aircraft that was first officially introduced in 2009. It is currently in service primarily in the United States Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.
WikiCommons by Tomás Del Coro
The 777, which is the largest twinjet airplane in the world, is made by which manufacturer?
The 777 is a wide-body twin-engine jet airliner manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It was introduced in 1993 and is still in production.
WikiCommons by Philippe Noret
Did Airbus or Boeing create the relatively small A318 jet airliner?
The A318 is a narrow-body, twin-engine jet airliner that was first introduced in 2003 by Airbus. It belongs to the Airbus A320 family and is its smallest member.
WikiCommons by Arpingstone
Is Airbus or Boeing responsible for creating the highest-selling commercial jetliner, the 737?
The 737 is a narrow-body jet airliner manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It holds the distinction of being the highest-selling commercial jetliner in history, with well more than 10,000 units built and 4,600 orders pending.
WikiCommons by Julian Herzog
The bulky A400M Atlas was built by which company, Boeing or Airbus?
The A400M Atlas is a turboprop military transport aircraft that is primarily used by several operators in Europe, including the Royal Air Force and the German Air Force. It was introduced in 2007 and at least 76 units have been built.
WikiCommons by Torsten Maiwald
Airbus or Boeing, who is responsible for creating the C-32, better known as Air Force Two?
The C-32 is a military passenger transportation aircraft that was first introduced in 1998. Known as “Air Force Two,” it is primarily used to transport United States leaders, such as the Vice President of the United States, the first lady, and the secretary of state.
WikiCommons by Mztourist
The Mako/HEAT never truly entered production, but who is responsible for its creation?
The EADS Mako/HEAT (Mako/High Energy Advanced Trainer) is a prototype military aircraft that was to be produced by Airbus. However, it has since been cancelled but technologies from it have been applied to other vehicles.
WikiCommons by Clément Gruin
Was the A350 XWB jet airliner built by Boeing or Airbus?
The A350 XWB is a twin-engine wide-body jet airliner that was officially introduced in 2015. More than 200 of them have been produced and it is notably the first Airbus aircraft that makes use of primarily carbon fiber reinforced polymer for wing structures and fuselage.
WikiCommons by Comyu
The first twinjet wide-body type to reach 1,000 aircraft delivered, the 767 was created by which of these two companies?
The 767 is a twin-engine wide-body jet airliner that is manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It was first introduced in 1981 and since then, more than 1,100 have been produced.
WikiCommons by Markus Eigenheer
Did Boeing or Airbus create the jet airliner known as the A220?
The A220 is a narrow-body jet airliner that was first officially introduced in 2016. It is currently still in production, with only approximately 50 of them built so far.
WikiCommons by Timo Jäger
Who built the first twin-engined wide-body airliner, the A300?
The A300 is a wide-body twin-engine jet airliner that was introduced in 1974. It holds the distinction of being the first twin-engine wide-body airliner in the world.
Midair refueling is easy with the Stratotanker but who built it, Boeing or Airbus?
The KC-135 Stratotanker is a military aerial refueling aircraft that is notable for being the first jet-powered refueling tanker used by the United States Air Force. It was introduced in 1957 and is still in service.
WikiCommons by Michel Gilliand
The 707 is one of the aircraft that helped to establish this company, but what company was it, Airbus or Boeing?
The 707 is a narrow-body jet airliner that was manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It is currently out of production and only in limited service for the purpose of moving cargo.
About HowStuffWorks Play
How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!
Get smarter every day! Subscribe & get 1 quiz every week.
Playing quizzes is free! We send trivia questions and personality tests every week to your inbox. By
clicking "Sign Up" you are agreeing to our
years old or over.