Historic Aviation Quiz

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Question 1 of 10

Chuck Yeager was the first man to break the sound barrier, but what aircraft was

his Bell X-1 dropped from?

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Boeing B-29 Super Fortress
Convair B-36 Peacemaker
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

Question 2 of 10

Both the Boeing 747 and Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde made their first flights in

1969, but how many days separated the two feats?


Question 3 of 10

When did Operation Chastise — the first use of a bouncing bomb in anger — take


16–17 May 1941
16–17 May 1942
16–17 May 1943
16–17 May 1944

Question 4 of 10

Which highly secretive, Lockheed-built aircraft made its first flight on

22 December 1964?

Lockheed A-12
Lockheed U-2
Lockheed SR-71
Lockheed TR-1

Question 5 of 10

The L-1011 TriStar was the Lockheed Corporation’s last foray into the

commercial airliner market. In which year did the type make its first flight?


Question 6 of 10

The TriStar’s biggest competitor was the McDonnell Douglas DC-10. When did it

first enter service with American Airlines?

5 August 1971
6 September 1972
7 October 1973
8 November 1974

Question 7 of 10

Which US-built fighter unofficially took to the skies for the first time on

20 January 1974, and made its official flight on 2 February 1974?

General Dynamics (Lockheed Martin) F-16 Fighting Falcon
McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) F-15 Eagle
Northrop F-5E Tiger II
McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet

Question 8 of 10

Which two airliners currently offered by Airbus both made their first flights in


Airbus A220 and A350 XWB
Airbus A220 and A330neo
Airbus A330neo and A350 XWB
Airbus A321LR and A350 XWB

Question 9 of 10

When did the Panavia Tornado make its first flight?


Question 10 of 10

The Royal Air Force (RAF) had originally looked to the BAC TSR.2 and then

the General Dynamics F-111K to replace the English Electric Canberra before

settling on the Panavia Tornado. How many years separate the first flights of the

Canberra and Tornado?

15 years
20 years
22 years
25 years

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