The Military Aircraft Quiz


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Military aircraft have evolved over the ages into efficient flying machines. They are now sleek, fast and agile, perfect for military missions! Do you think you know military planes? Take this quiz and find out!

What military aircraft is the fastest plane in the world?

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird set the official record of 2,193 mph in 1976.


What is notable about the Harrier Jump Jet?

The Harrier Jump Jet was developed to take off and land in small spaces, without a long runway.


What kind of engine was originally going to be used in the experimental XB-70 Valkyrie?

The idea of powering the XB-70 with a nuclear reactor was abandoned when it became clear how costly and potentially disastrous it would be.


What is the largest airplane in the world?

The An-225 is larger and heavier than any other plane in the world. Only one was built, although it's currently in commercial service and no longer a military plane.


What plane did Britain produce in greater numbers than any other during World War II?

More than 20,000 Supermarine Spitfires were produced. The plane was instrumental in the Battle of Britain.


What is the maximum payload of the B-52 Stratofortress?

The B-52s 70,000-pound capacity, performance and upgradability have allowed it to remain in service for more than 60 years.


What U.S. World War II fighter plane had a distinctive twin-tail shape?

The P-38's twin-tails gave it very stable aerodynamics, but it was not the most agile plane. It excelled as a heavy fighter and in fighter/bomber missions.


The Yak-3 was a fighter plane used by what nation during World War II?

The Yakovlev Yak-3 was a small, light but extremely agile fighter deployed by Soviet forces in World War II.


The P-40 Warhawk was the primary aircraft of what famous American fighter group, known for their toothy nose art?

The Flying Tigers were a volunteer group of U.S. pilots that fought in China against Japan.


What was the name of the B-29 Superfortress that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima?

The pilot named the Enola Gay for his mother.


What World War II bomber was featured in the movie "Memphis Belle?"

Ones of the B-17s used in the movie is still flown today with the Memphis Belle name. The real Memphis Belle that inspired the movie is undergoing restoration.


What primary role does the AH-64 Apache helicopter play?

With its 30 mm chain gun and Hellfire missiles, the Apache is a formidable attack helicopter.


During what war were aerial balloons first used on a large scale for military purposes?

The Union had a balloon corps that performed mapping and observation duties in the Civil War.


The Waco CG-4A differed from almost every other combat aircraft in World War II because it was missing what?

The Waco was a combat glider, towed behind a C-47. It had no engine of its own.


The A-10 Thunderbolt II is commonly known by what nickname?

Its ungainly appearance earned the A-10 the Warthog nickname.


The Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik fighter is a good example of Soviet industrial capacity during World War II. How many did the Russians produce?

The Soviets put over 36,000 Sturmoviks in the air during the war.


Near the end of World War II, the U.S. captured a German Ho 229 V3. What was it?

The Ho 229 was a flying wing, a plane with no fuselage.


Which plane was the first jet to be used in combat?

The Messerschmitt Me 262 was probably the most advanced plane of World War II, but being at the cutting edge of technology made it complicated and difficult to maintain.


The planes widely known as "Zeroes" were used by what nation in World War II?

Allied forces developed codenames for Japanese aircraft because the Japanese designations were complicated and hard to differentiate. The official codename for the Zero was Zeke.


What was the only jet fighter used by the Allies in World War II?

Nearly 4,000 Gloster Meteors were built, entering service in 1944.


The Sopwith Camel was a successful British fighter plane from what war?

When Snoopy pretends to be a World War I flying ace, he flies an imaginary Sopwith Camel.


The Fokker Dr.I was a tri-wing World War I fighter plane commonly associated with what legendary German pilot?

Manfred von Richthofen flew several different types of aircraft during World War I, but the distinctive look of the Dr.I's three wings made it more notorious than the others.


Reduced radar signature and lowered thermal emissions are key aspects of what kind of military aircraft technology?

Stealth aircraft are designed to have radar signatures far smaller than their actual size and to diffuse and mask the thermal output of the engines.


What was the first stealth fighter ever used in combat?

The F-117 Nighthawk first saw action in Panama in 1989. As of 2016, the U.S. is the only nation to have used stealth aircraft in combat.


The Avro Vulcan bomber accidentally achieved what characteristic due to its design?

Stealth technology wasn't really a consideration when the Vulcan was designed in the 1950s, but its sleek design with enclosed engines and a low-profile fuselage made it more difficult to detect on radar than almost any other aircraft of its era.


What U.S. jet fighter, in use from the 1970s through the early 2000s, was featured in the movie "Top Gun?"

Goose, Maverick and Iceman flew F-14 Tomcats.


The Bell UH-1 helicopter, used heavily by U.S. troops in Vietnam, was known by what nickname?

Hueys played a number of roles in Vietnam, including assault missions and medical evacuation of troops.


What powerful U.S. fighter jet was discontinued partly because there were simply no other planes in the world that could challenge it, reducing the need to produce more?

The F-22 Raptor was literally too good. The more versatile F-35 will be the primary fighter for the U.S. military instead.


What is the name of the jet fighter currently in use with five different European nations?

The Eurofighter Typhoon was designed and built via a multi-nation effort. Several Middle Eastern nations are also using it.


What two jet fighters were the most advanced and most likely to face each other over Vietnam in the 1960s and 70s?

F-4 Phantom IIs and MiG-21s engaged in many duels in the skies of Vietnam.


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