Historic Humpday Quiz

Question 1 of 10

Question 1

The problem of manned, powered flight was essentially solved in 1885 with the invention of the internal combustion engine. It was designed and built by which German engineer?


Question 2 of 10

Question 2

In 1979, a man-powered aircraft became the first one to cross the English Channel, echoing Bleriot's achievement 70 years before. Which man-powered aircraft completed the journey?

Gossamer Albatross
Musculair 1
Puffin 2
Gossamer Condor

Question 3 of 10

Question 3

In 1912 a competition was devised for seaplanes to encourage advances in the industry. It was only held 11 times, but it developed into a competition of pure speed. Which competition was it?

Bendix Trophy
Schneider Trophy
Reno Air Race
Aero GP

Question 4 of 10


Question 4

Towards the end of WWII both Britain and Germany introduced a new type of aircraft, the jet. The British aircraft was the Gloster Meteor. What was the German aircraft called?

Me 262 'Swallow'
Me 163 Komet
Junkers Ju 287
Heinkel He 280

Question 5 of 10

Question 5

Who was the world’s first aeroplane passenger?

Charles Taylor, an engineer
Abram C. Pheil, a former mayor of St. Petersburg
Leon Delagrange, a sculptor
Charles Furnas, a mechanic

Question 6 of 10

Question 6

In 1929, how long did it take to fly from New York to California?

17 hours
48 hours
25 hours
12 hours

Question 7 of 10

Question 7

Which airline employed the first female stewardess?

Florida Airlines
British Airways
Air France
United Airlines

Question 8 of 10

Question 8

In 1953, United Air Lines began to offer tickets for a flight service that catered to just one group. What was this group?

Men-only flights
Women-only flights
Animal-only flights
Adult-only flights

Question 9 of 10

Question 9

What was the first conflict that the Royal Air Force became involved in?

Second Boer War
Irish War of Independence
World War II
World War I

Question 10 of 10

Question 10

What was the official given name for the 'Dambusters' mission?

Operation Castrate
Operation Aquamarine
Operation Chastise
Operation Excoriate

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