Quiz about Famous Aircraft in History
Quiz about Famous Aircraft in History

Famous Aircraft in History Trivia Quiz


A ten question quiz on famous aircraft in history.

A multiple-choice quiz by Roswell. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Roswell
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
253
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
6014
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
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1. This plane was designated the HK-1. It was made of wood and flown only once by its owner: Howard Hughes. Hint

Spruce Goose
Enola Gay
Swoose
Gossamer

2. Designated the X-1, this was the first plane to break the sound barrier. Hint

Glamorous Glennis
X Sprint
Midget
Flying Bullet

3. Flown by H. Ross Perot Jr. and Jay Coburn this helicopter completed the first circumnavigation of the world by helicopter on September 30, 1982. Hint

Spirit of Texas
Galloping Gertie
City of Washington
Windsong

4. The most famous B-17 in World War II because she was the first heavy bomber in Hitler's European war theatre to complete 25 combat missions and keep her entire crew alive. Hint

Dauntless Dotty
Hells Angel
Willit Fly
Memphis Belle

5. The B-29 bomber used in the atomic mission that destroyed Hiroshima, August 6th, 1945. Hint

Enola Gay
Yellow Peril
Carol Jean
Cherry Blossom

6. First plane to complete a round-the-world flight from April 6 to September 28, 1924, this plane was built by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Hint

Boston
Denver
Seattle
Chicago

7. Charles Lindbergh made the first solo non-stop flight between New York City and Paris in this plane in 1927. Hint

Spirit of St. Louis
Little Stinker
Choctaw
Willit Run

8. The first successful sustained flight of a heavier-than-air flying machine was made in which plane? Hint

Kitty Hawker
Wright Flyer
Little Demon
Hawk Flyer

9. Flown by Lincoln Ellsworth, this plane completed the first trans-Antarctic flight in November 1935. Hint

Ice Flyer
Polar Star
White Flyer
Polar Flyer

10. A US Air Force aircraft that transports the President of the United States is given what call sign? Hint

Spirit of the US
Presidential Flyer
US One
Air Force One


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This plane was designated the HK-1. It was made of wood and flown only once by its owner: Howard Hughes.

Answer: Spruce Goose

The idea for the HK-1 flying boat came from Henry Kaiser, head of one of the largest shipbuilding firms of the time. Kaiser thought a ship that could fly over the danger might be the answer. Howard Hughes was known as an innovator in aircraft construction and design.

These two men, both legends in their own time, would launch the venture to build the huge craft (originally, three were to be built). The new plane's official name bore the initials of the principals in the project HK-1, but to most of us it's always just been 'Spruce Goose'.

The huge plane would be made primarily of wood, saving materials critical to the war effort. The difficulties creating such a large airframe made of wood were unknown at the beginning of construction and would prove to be many.

The final product is a tribute to the efforts of the team in overcoming the problems they faced. A structure made of lumber was created that, even on close inspection, bears little resemblance to any form of wood! Hughes would prove to be a demanding taskmaster during the period of development and construction.

His attention to detail and insistence everything on the new plane be nearly perfect, was largely responsible for both the beauty of the finished product and it not being ready to fly until after the war had ended.
2. Designated the X-1, this was the first plane to break the sound barrier.

Answer: Glamorous Glennis

On October 14, 1947, flying the Bell X-1, named Glamorous Glennis for his wife, Capt. Charles 'Chuck' Yeager, USAF, became the first pilot to fly faster than sound. The XS-1, later designated X-l, reached Mach 1.06, 700 mph, at an altitude of 43,000 feet, over the Mojave Desert near Muroc Dry Lake, California.

The flight demonstrated that aircraft could be designed to fly faster than sound, and the concept of a sound barrier crumbled into myth.
3. Flown by H. Ross Perot Jr. and Jay Coburn this helicopter completed the first circumnavigation of the world by helicopter on September 30, 1982.

Answer: Spirit of Texas

4. The most famous B-17 in World War II because she was the first heavy bomber in Hitler's European war theatre to complete 25 combat missions and keep her entire crew alive.

Answer: Memphis Belle

The Belle shot down eight enemy fighters, probably destroyed five others, and damaged at least a dozen more. She dropped more than 60 tons of bombs over Germany, France and Belgium. During her 25 missions she flew 148 hours, 50 minutes, and covered more than 20,000 combat miles. She is the only B-17 to have her own file in the Air Force Film Depository.
5. The B-29 bomber used in the atomic mission that destroyed Hiroshima, August 6th, 1945.

Answer: Enola Gay

The Enola Gay was one of 15 B-29s modified specifically for the highly secret atomic bomb missions. These airplanes were outfitted with new engines and propellers and faster-acting pneumatic bomb bay doors. The Enola Gay was one of 536 B-29s manufactured at the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Factory in Omaha, Neb. Like most planes in the 509th, this one had a nickname. Pilot Col. Paul Tibbets named the plane in honor of his mother, Enola Gay, and had the words painted on the side of the plane just before takeoff.
6. First plane to complete a round-the-world flight from April 6 to September 28, 1924, this plane was built by the Douglas Aircraft Company.

Answer: Chicago

The aircraft had no radios, navigational aids, or weather-forecasting equipment. Their only instruments were a compass, an altimeter, and a turn-and-bank indicator.
7. Charles Lindbergh made the first solo non-stop flight between New York City and Paris in this plane in 1927.

Answer: Spirit of St. Louis

It was painted silver and carried registration number NX21 1, which, with all other lettering on the plane, was painted in black. Lindbergh made several test flights, and then flew the aircraft from San Diego to New York on May 10, 1927, making only one stop, at St. Louis.

His flight time of 21 hours, 40 minutes set a new transcontinental record. After waiting several days in New York for favorable weather, Lindbergh took off for Paris alone, on the morning of May 20, 1927. Thirty-three hours, 30 minutes, and 3,610 miles later he landed safely at Le Bourget Field, near Paris, where he was greeted by a wildly enthusiastic crowd of 100,000.
8. The first successful sustained flight of a heavier-than-air flying machine was made in which plane?

Answer: Wright Flyer

During the Wrights' design and construction of their experimental aircraft they also pioneered many of the basic tenets and techniques of modern aeronautical engineering, such as the use of a wind tunnel and flight testing as design tools. Their seminal accomplishment encompassed not only the breakthrough first flight of an airplane, but also the equally important achievement of establishing the foundation of aeronautical engineering.
9. Flown by Lincoln Ellsworth, this plane completed the first trans-Antarctic flight in November 1935.

Answer: Polar Star

10. A US Air Force aircraft that transports the President of the United States is given what call sign?

Answer: Air Force One

A United States Marine Corps aircraft carrying the President is given the call sign "Marine One".
Source: Author Roswell

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