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1. The first six questions are in "fill in the blank" format. I'll give the model number, you provide the name.
7. Post-war development work on the Luftwaffe's late-war Mauser MK 213 revolver cannon gave two of the century series a much needed upgrade in their offensive "punch"; what designation was given to this "new" gun?
8. The machine that was later built as the "F-102" was one of the first American aircraft projects developed from a specification for a complete "weapons system". Which of these project names does not refer to this advanced interceptor concept?
9. Which of these companies won the development contract for the weapons system for the "Ultimate Interceptor"?
10. Persistent delays were caused by (among other things) the "Ultimate Interceptor's" new engine; the "stop-gap" F-102A flew with the less advanced Pratt & Whitney J57. Which of these powered the later F-106?
11. A notable first for the Century Series aircraft saw the adoption a production scheme that went by the name "Cook-Craigie". To what does this refer?
12. Continually evolving priorities and perceived needs greatly affected McDonnell's F-101. When finally selected for limited production in May 1953 what role was it configured to meet?
13. Aerodynamic "issues" caused significant problems for Convair throughout the early development of the "Ultimate Interceptor". Which of these is the well known phrase, attached to the solution?
14. Of the six "Century Series" aircraft, which one was purchased in the largest number by the USAF?
15. The "Century" aircraft produced in the greatest number was, of course, Lockheed's F-104. Which of these users DID NOT produce the 104 under license?
16. Which of the Century Series fighters had the highest accidental attrition rate?
17. 397 of the 753 F-105D and F/(G) models produced were lost in Southeast Asia, a HIGH percentage of these attributable to enemy action. Roughly HOW high was this percentage?
18. The USAF's "Thunderbirds" flew two different "Century Series" aircraft. The F-100 predominated, but a brief flirtation was also made with one other; which of these was the other?
19. Versions of all but one of the "Century Series" saw combat duty in Vietnam. Of THOSE LISTED below, which is the "odd man out"? (i.e. saw no service in Vietnam?)
20. On 31 October, 1959 the 498th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (based at Geiger AFB, WA) was finally declared operational on the F-106A. How many years was the project behind schedule?
21. The "Ultimate Interceptor" as designed was to be armed with "guided" missiles. Which of these period weapons is NOT considered a "missile"? (Hint: it was carried operationally by the F-106)
22. In Vietnam, the USAF got its first opportunity to try out many of their "new toys" in a combat environment...one weapon (with a "century series" connection) was spectacularly disappointing...what was it?
23. What was Project "Six Shooter"?
24. Although all of the Century Series aircraft eventually were provided with some form of aerial refueling capability, only one came from the factory with a "slipway" compatible with SAC's "flying boom" system...what was it?
25. A large number of the USAF's "Century Series" ended their lives as "QF" conversions; radio controlled drones, used for target practice. Which of these never existed?
Source: Author iron2
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