The Ultimate Sir Freddie Laker Quiz!

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This weekend marks exactly 100 years since Sir Freddie Laker was born, and as part of our special Key Aero coverage, this week's commercial aviation quiz is a Laker special! From his formative years through to this final ventures, celebrate Sir Freddie's remarkable contribution to aviation in this ultimate test of your knowledge.


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Question 1 of 10

1. In 1946, Laker became one of the first employees at which newly created company?


British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)
British Airways Ltd.
Eagle Aviation
British European Airways (BEA)

Question 2 of 10

2. It didn’t take long for Sir Freddie to go it alone. What was the name of his first airline?


Air Charter
Air Traders
Aviation Charters
Channel Air Bridge

Question 3 of 10

3. Where in the UK was Laker’s Aviation Traders business based?


Manston Airport

Question 4 of 10

4. Laker narrowly avoided death in March 1952. What were the circumstances?


Forced landing on approach to Berlin
Industrial accident in a hangar
Hit by a tram while crossing the road
Contracted a tropical illness

Question 5 of 10

5. Until 1953 Laker had owned and operated second-hand aircraft. This changed when he acquired which new type?

Avro Tudor
Bristol Type 170 Freighter
ATL-90 Accountant
Lockheed Constellation

Question 6 of 10

6. The development of the ATL-98 Carvair transporter was one of Laker’s more unusual achievements. What type was it based on?


Douglas DC-2
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Douglas DC-3/C-53
Douglas DC-4/C-54

Question 7 of 10

7.  BUA was formed after the introduction of the Civil Aviation Act in 1959, with Laker having a seat on the board. What did ‘BUA’ stand for?


British Universal Airways
British Union Aviation
British United Airways
British United Airlines

Question 8 of 10

8.  In 1972, Laker ordered a pair of which aircraft to launch his new transatlantic airline?

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
Boeing 707

Question 9 of 10

9. What was the original fare for a flight from Gatwick to New York with the Laker Skytrain?


£9 one-way
£39 one-way
£59 one-way
£79 one-way

Question 10 of 10

10.  In 1992, Laker launched a new airline in which tropical destination?


The Bahamas
British Virgin Islands

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