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Quiz about USAF  Aircraft
Quiz about USAF  Aircraft

USAF Aircraft! Trivia Quiz


VRRROOOM! A gargantuan B-36H 'Big Stick' roars overhead, all 10 engines tearing up the air with immense power. Since the beginning, the USAF has been the world's greatest. Its aircraft have in large part made this possible. Check 'em out!

A multiple-choice quiz by jeff16falcon. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
jeff16falcon
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
150,636
Updated
Oct 12 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
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2066
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Question 1 of 10
1. Pilots love to fly what is commonly referred to as the 'sports car' of the Air Force. Match the plane! Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Big aircraft are simply fascinating to witness flying. Have you ever seen a C-5 Galaxy float on final approach? They appear as if they are barely moving! Lift of course provides flight. Of the following, name the one with the <-- l o n g e s t --> wingspan! Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. An Air Force is only effective when it has the ability to support ground operations in combat. Which bomber can dump the biggest payload? (ordnance) Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Speed. One of man's favorite goals. From foot to rocket, boat to aicraft. Speed has its strategic advantages as well. In air combat, the faster one is, the less vulnerable to attack. Of the following bombers, name the speed demon! Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. In the USAF's Light Weight Fighter (LWF) competition of the early '70s, the General Dynamic's YF-16 beat out Northrop's YF-17 (The original F/A-18!). This revolutionized world air combat. Now, why would we want to have a LWF competition in the first place? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. One challenge for Air Forces is their ability to move the most cargo efficiently. Defying gravity isn't exactly easy, so select among the following the aircraft that can support the most weight! Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. U.S. armed forces show, and demand, an unmatched devotion to fallen and/or injured comrades. Thus, significant emphasis is on Medivac, or Medical Evacuation (Transport). Which of the following aircraft serves the needs of our (U.S.'s) scathed, brave warriors? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. A 'helo' question. Sikorsky's Blackhawk helicopter was immortilized with the Acadamy Award winning film 'Black Hawk Down'. Name the USAF's version of this awesome helicopter! Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The U.S. Military, including the USAF, typically strive for quality over quantity. Quantity has its rightful advantages; the ability to overwhelm an enemy through so many targets, the higher number of mission-capable aircraft, and the more airplanes, the less they cost. Name the most numerous airframe in the USAF's inventory of the early 2000s! Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Everyone likes new airplanes! Exponential military technology growth demands that aircraft be conceived even before they are needed. Name the rookie airplane in the USAF's arsenal for which Lockheed was awarded a contract in 2002! Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Pilots love to fly what is commonly referred to as the 'sports car' of the Air Force. Match the plane!

Answer: Northrop T-38 Talon

A fun, maneuverable, quick and small aircraft, it has been deemed this, now its most widely used nickname. The T-38's design dates back to the early 60s, and is still in prolific use with the USAF and NASA. The fighter variants, the Northrop F-5 and F-20 are cheap, popular fighters with allied countries, too old for the fight in the US's frontline arsenal.

The AT-38 (attack-trainer) aircraft is painted with a blue camouflage scheme and are dubbed the 'smurf' jets.
2. Big aircraft are simply fascinating to witness flying. Have you ever seen a C-5 Galaxy float on final approach? They appear as if they are barely moving! Lift of course provides flight. Of the following, name the one with the <-- l o n g e s t --> wingspan!

Answer: Convair B-36 Peacemaker

The B-36 was a 6 engine pusher-prop (propellers behind the wing, later with 4 more jet engines, two near each wingtip), designed as a long range nuclear bomber. It was designed in the 40s, flew in the 60s under SAC, and was retired all too soon as world technology of course surpassed it. The B-36's wing out spans the C-5 by about 10 feet.
3. An Air Force is only effective when it has the ability to support ground operations in combat. Which bomber can dump the biggest payload? (ordnance)

Answer: Rockwell B-1B Lancer

B-1B = 125,000lbs. With four GE F-101 afterburning engines, the B-1B can haul the big iron. Designed in the late 70s as a supersonic, high altitute 'swing wing' bomber, it has been forced to fill a low-level bombing role with the advancement in USSR SAM technology.

The agile Lancer fills both roles today admirably. B-36H = 85,000+lbs. With such a huge wing and airframe altogether, the Peacemaker outweighs even the big, 8-jet B-52. B-52H = 50,000+lbs. This magnificent airplane is 50 years old, and still jets the job done efficently. One of the most enduring military aircraft, the B-52 carries a deterring load of 50,000 pounds, and is not scheduled to retire for more than another decade. B-2A = 40,000lbs.
4. Speed. One of man's favorite goals. From foot to rocket, boat to aicraft. Speed has its strategic advantages as well. In air combat, the faster one is, the less vulnerable to attack. Of the following bombers, name the speed demon!

Answer: Convair B-58A Hustler

Designed in the '50s with the Whitcomb Area Rule for efficient supersonic flight, the Hustler was concieved to facilitate very fast nuclear attack on Russia, one in which the USSR could scarcely defend against. The B-58 was a badass, with 4 J79 GE hoss engines to propel it faster than Mach 2 at altitude.

The B-1 is advertised at less than Mach 1.5 at altitude, due mainly to its size and variable-geometry wings that are not designed for flat out speed.
5. In the USAF's Light Weight Fighter (LWF) competition of the early '70s, the General Dynamic's YF-16 beat out Northrop's YF-17 (The original F/A-18!). This revolutionized world air combat. Now, why would we want to have a LWF competition in the first place?

Answer: Due to the inadequate performance of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom in Vietnam.

Let's hear it for choosing the most complicated answer! Although the F-16 has proven itself as great for multiple roles, it was the F-4's poor performance in Vietnam that made the AF bigwigs require a smaller, more maneuverable figher. It was too heavy and unmaneuverable to efficiently compete with the smaller (lighter) more maneuverable MiGs of the day. (LWF = light weight fighter, a low-cost, small and cheap figher prototype program to augment the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter program.)

For the other 2 answers, we did have other jet fighters; the Convair F-106 Delta Dart, the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom and F-15 Eagle, the Republic F-105 Thunderchief, the Vought A-7 Corsair II, and more. And, the Shooting Star had been out dated since 1960.)
6. One challenge for Air Forces is their ability to move the most cargo efficiently. Defying gravity isn't exactly easy, so select among the following the aircraft that can support the most weight!

Answer: Lockheed C-5A/B Galaxy

The Galaxy's maximum takeoff weight is a whopping 837,000 lbs. This airframe is the heaviest of any USAF production model in history, the only aircraft to out-lift it now is the An-124 Condor and the monstrous Antonov An-225 Miyra 'Cossack,' MTOW over 1 million pounds. At the time of the C-5's rollout, and until the mid-nineties, the Galaxy was the heaviest airplane to date.
7. U.S. armed forces show, and demand, an unmatched devotion to fallen and/or injured comrades. Thus, significant emphasis is on Medivac, or Medical Evacuation (Transport). Which of the following aircraft serves the needs of our (U.S.'s) scathed, brave warriors?

Answer: McDonnell Douglas C-9 Nightingale

The old DC-9 is being phased out as the AF's medivac airframe, and has served the role well for over 30 years. The Gulfstream mentioned is a VIP jet based off of the highly successful and expensive business jets. The E-8 JSTARS is a modified 707 for Joint Surveillance Target Acquisition Reporting System.

The OC-135 open skies is a modified C-135 for airborne reconnaissance in support of the Open Skies Treaty of 1992. It collects aircraft data over all U.S. territories and 26 participating countries.
8. A 'helo' question. Sikorsky's Blackhawk helicopter was immortilized with the Acadamy Award winning film 'Black Hawk Down'. Name the USAF's version of this awesome helicopter!

Answer: HH-60G

The '-60' should give it away as a version of the 'Hawk'. The codename for the USAF's is the 'Pave Hawk'. This helo is a highly adaptable and effective helicopter, fairly new, but has had its share of mechanical problems. More than a few unfortunate deaths have occurred in them, but things are looking up as the days go by.

The CH-3E is an aging cargo helo from the '50s, the MH-53 is the CH-2's state-of-the-art replacement. The HH-1H is the AF designation of the even more famous UH-1 Iroquois, or 'Huey' as it is universally know.
9. The U.S. Military, including the USAF, typically strive for quality over quantity. Quantity has its rightful advantages; the ability to overwhelm an enemy through so many targets, the higher number of mission-capable aircraft, and the more airplanes, the less they cost. Name the most numerous airframe in the USAF's inventory of the early 2000s!

Answer: Lockheed F-16C Fighting Falcon

This multi-talented bird is easily the most prolific, with about 1,500 total planes in the force. Not only is significant quantity met with the Falcon, but quality as well. The F-16 has proven itself as very successful, (try my F-16 quiz for more info and fun.) This aircraft is also the most widely exported jet fighter by a long shot, with over 20 different countries on the buyer list.
10. Everyone likes new airplanes! Exponential military technology growth demands that aircraft be conceived even before they are needed. Name the rookie airplane in the USAF's arsenal for which Lockheed was awarded a contract in 2002!

Answer: Lockheed F-35 (JSF)

The Pentagon's contract awarded to Lockheed in September of 2002 marked the largest in U.S. military history. The intention was that the F-35 (AKA Lightning II) would replace the A-10s and F-16s in the USAF by around 2020, but in the event the numbers ordered were slashed considerably, and the A-10 and F-16 were still in service in the early 2020s. Technological advances mean that advanced drone weapons may make the F-35 obsolete before it fully enters service.

P.S. Thanks a lot for playing! Hope you had fun and learned something about the mighty USAF. Questions, comments and corrections are welcomed and appreciated. -Jeff
Source: Author jeff16falcon

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