Which Military Aircraft Are You Meant to Fly?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Which Military Aircraft Are You Meant to Fly?
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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!

What would be the perfect Christmas gift for you?
A Rubik's Cube
A ninja costume
A VR helmet
A Swiss Army Knife

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How tall are you?
5'11"
5'7"
Over 6 feet
5'9"

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Do you like to travel?
I don't mind the trip, but I'd rather not spend time in foreign lands.
It's okay.
I hate to travel.
I love to travel! I love to try the food!

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Do you mind heat?
Yeah, I need seasons.
I can take it, but I can take the cold too.
I don't mind the heat at all. Air conditioning for the win.
I love the heat, so long as there are bullets flying around!

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How important to you is your personal safety?
Fairly important.
I'm willing to risk it.
I like things 100% safe.
I'm not suicidal, but I take risks.

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What's your preferred mindless activity?
Strategy games
Action movies
Video games
Riding my motorcycle

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What would you use a telescope for?
Spying on my neighbors, obviously.
Keeping an eye on the road I'll be commuting on.
Checking to see if my boss is in the office, so I know when I can play hooky.
Looking at the stars. Duh.

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What kind of movies do you like best?
Spy movies
Science fiction
Thrillers
Westerns

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How big a team do you like to work with?
I like a big team.
Just give me one partner.
I like having two other folks with me.
I like to work alone.

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How often do you replace your phone?
Rarely.
Whenever the new one comes out.
When the ping time gets annoying.
When it dies.

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How do you usually set up your work space?
I keep an org chart and my mission statement taped to my cubicle.
I'm not telling you!
I keep a lot of snacks on hand.
A picture of my family, and that's it.

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Do you like the idea of working a specialist job?
Yeah, if it's difficult and brainy.
Only if it's cool. Really cool.
If it's easy work.
Only if it's viewed as crazy dangerous.

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Do you mind having to keep secrets when you could otherwise use them for self-aggrandizement?
If it's the job, that's fine.
I don't mind at all.
I gotta be able to say something!
I can keep secrets, but I want a job that I can talk about, and make people think I'm cool.

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What's your dream car?
Volvo XC90
Fisker, Inc. E-Motion
Tesla Model X
Ford Mustang

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Which war do you find the most interesting?
The Hundred Years War
The Cold War
The Trojan War
The Vietnam War

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Have you ever been in hand-to-hand combat?
God no.
Nearly, this one time.
I've played a lot of Street Fighter IV.
Plenty of times. I'm a brawler with a black belt.

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How high is your IQ?
I have a genius IQ.
Around 100.
120 or so.
I don't know and I don't care.

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Do you have a strong stomach for violence?
Not at all
A little
If it's on TV, it's okay.
Yes

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How afraid are you of untested technology?
Not too afraid
Not afraid at all
A little afraid
I hate the stuff.

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When you aren't flying, how important is it that you're close to a major entertainment center?
Not very.
Not at all.
It's massively important.
I can entertain myself anywhere.

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Do you want battlefield glory?
No thanks
I'll skip the glory.
I want glory, but no battlefield.
Yes

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Do you want to slide straight into a job in the private sector when you retire?
Yeah, something well paid.
I wouldn't mind being a commercial pilot.
Sure, though I don't know what I'd like to do.
Crop dusting, maybe.

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Do you mind if your job isn't exactly beloved by civilians?
I care about that.
Pah. Who cares?
I don't mind if they hate me.
I'd rather be respected.

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Do you want to work in espionage?
Shhh! ...yes
Nah
Maybe a bit, sure. I'll moonlight.
No, I want to be with my brothers and sisters in arms.

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Which of James Bond's things would you like the most?
His surveillance equipment
His license to kill
His car
His pistol

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How calm are you when you are in danger?
I have trouble thinking.
I get target fix.
I completely lose it.
I get very Zen.

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How fast are your reflexes?
Not quick
Quick
A little slow
I'm coiled like a snake!

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How good are you at operating alone, without the help and guidance of a supervising officer?
No good.
If I have some basic mission, I can handle it.
I need permission for everything.
I relish that. I'll be like a cowboy of the sky.

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How would you feel about having to execute a corkscrew landing into a combat zone?
That's terrifying, but I can handle it.
I'd rather not have to.
I'll never do that. I'd puke.
You mean right-side-up or upside-down?

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Can you withstand high G-forces?
A bit, sure.
Oh yeah. Try me.
None at all.
I could deal with them for short periods of time.

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