Can You Name The Function Of These Aircraft?

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Robin Tyler

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz


Since Orville and Wilbur Wright first flew on the beach at Kittyhawk on that December morning in 1903, aircraft have come on in leaps and bounds over the period of a little more than100 years. 

The Wright Flyer was made out of wood, canvass and bicycle parts. Today, aircraft are made of out lightweight metals, have powerful engines and are filled with multitudes of computers - a far cry from Orville and Wilbur's creation.

And of course, aircraft now do many different tasks. From military machines which almost have an infinite number of roles, it seems, to commercial aircraft, each is designed for a specific task - in most cases! But in general, aircraft either have military purposes, carry people or cargo or are used in commercial situations and for entertainment.

In this quiz, we are going to test your general aviation knowledge. We will do this by presenting you with a picture of an aircraft and you must decide what it does on a daily basis, or what type of aircraft it is, duty wise. 

Seem easy? Well, you better have an excellent knowledge of aircraft going right back to the Second World War! So get that aviation-related gray matter together, click start and let's see how much you really know!

Good luck!


What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

This American bomber served during World War II. Although it did not receive the recognition of the more famous B-17, it did perform the first bombing raid against Tokyo in 1942. Led by James Doolittle, a squadron of North American B-25's took off from an aircraft carrier in the Pacific to bomb the Japanese capital.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

The Antonov An-124 Condor first flew in 1982. This massive cargo plane, operated by Russia, is the second-biggest cargo plane operating in the world today.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

Together with the Supermarine Spitfire, the Hawker Hurricane saw off the German Luftwaffe during World War II, most notably during the Battle of Britain. Failure to do so would have seen Germany hold air superiority, which would have let Hitler invade the island nation. Although not as famous as the Spitfire, the Hurricane was an excellent fighter in its own right.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

This mid-sized three-engine passenger jet was first introduced by Boeing in 1963. The 727 carries up to 189 passengers and is characterized by the third engine which forms part of its tail assembly.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

The Rockwell B-1 Lancer is a swept-wing strategic bomber that entered service in the U.S. Air Force in 1986. It is capable of speeds of around Mach 1.25.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

The Douglas A4 Skyhawk is a carrier-based attack aircraft first introduced to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in 1956. It saw extensive service during the Vietnam War.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

Developed by a host of European nations, the Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engined, delta wing, multirole aircraft. It entered service in 2003.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

The Beechcraft Bonanza is a light aircraft that first flew in 1985. Still in service today, more than 17,000 have been built. It is noted for its V-shaped tail.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

The first all-metal fighter produced by the United States, the Boeing P-26 Peashooter first flew in 1932. Chinese-built Peashooters saw action against the Japanese before the outbreak of World War II, while the Peashooter also served in the Pacific with the Philippine Army Air Force.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy is an interesting-looking aircraft. It is used to transport large cargo pieces. The Super Guppy first flew in 1965. Only five were built.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator played an important role in bombing campaigns throughout World War II. This heavy bomber saw action in Europe, Africa and the Pacific.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

Introduced in 2013, the Airbus A400M Atlas is a military transport aircraft used by a number of airforces around the world. It is set to replace the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

They don't just build motorcycles and cars but jets too! The Honda HA-420 HondaJet was first flown in 2003 but officially entered service in 2015. It is designed as a light business jet or executive transport.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

First introduced in 1941, the Bell P39 Airacobra was an American fighter aircraft that saw extensive service with the Soviet air force during World War II. The engine was placed behind the pilot with a long shaft driving the propeller.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

This strategic airlifter and cargo plane first entered service with Soviet forces in 1974. The Ilyushin Il-76 still serves with the Russian, Ukraine and Indian airforces.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

The Boeing B47 Stratojet, a long-range strategic bomber, first entered service with the U.S. Air Force in 1947. Its design, with engines mounted on stems from the wings, was a forerunner to modern airliners. It remained in service for 20 years.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

The two-engined Boeing 777 first entered service in 1995. It can carry up to 396 passengers over 15,000 kilometers.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

An updated version of the C130 Hercules, the Super Hercules includes new engines, flight deck and various other systems. It first entered service in 1999.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

One of the world's most successful jet fighters, the North American F-86 Sabre saw extensive action during the Korean War where it proved more than a match for Russian Mig 15's.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

Part of the famed 'V' bomber force of the Britsh Airforce, the Vickers Valiant was a nuclear-capable bomber that served from 1951 to 1965.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

This single-seat carrier-based fighter entered service in 1944 although never saw action during World War II. After the war, Bearcats were used in air racing. A modified Bearcat holds the record for the fastest piston engine aircraft (528 mph).

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

Introduced in 1971, the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 is a three-engined airliner first introduced in 1971.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

Part of the famed 'V' bomber force of the British Air Force, the Handley Page Victor served with the Royal Air Force from 1958 to 1993.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

Produced between 1942 and 1947, the Douglas DC-4 is a four-engine passenger transport aircraft. It was also used in the military. It could carry up to 80 passengers.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

One of the first jets in the U.S. military, the P-80 Shooting Star entered service in 1945. It started life as a pure fighter but went on to perform a ground attack role as well.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

A fourth-generation fighter, the Mig 29 first entered service in 1982. It has been a popular export for Russia and operates in more than 30 countries around the world.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

The Douglas DC-8 was an airliner produced between 1958 and 1972. More than 500 were produced and some still fly today but mainly hauling cargo.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

This two-seat, two-engine fighter performed poorly for the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain where it was no match for the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire. in fact, the Messerschmitt BF110 often needed its own fighter escort, despite the fact that it was a fighter.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

The Tupolev Tu-22M is a variable swept wing long-range strategic bomber that has served in the Russian Air Force since 1972. It is capable of supersonic flight.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

One of the main Soviet fighters of World War II, the Mig 3 served in a variety of roles but most noticeably as an interceptor. More than 3,400 were built.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

Introduced in 1941, the Hawker Typhoon was initially designed as an interceptor but went on to become one of the most successful ground attack aircraft of World War II.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

A medium, twin-engine jet airliner, the Fokker 100 first entered service in 1988. Originally, the aircraft only carried about 31 passengers., although this has increased as the aircraft has been upgraded.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

A medium range business jet, the Learjet 60 first entered service in 1993. At a cost of around $14 million, 400 units of this aircraft have been sold.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

The first British fighter jet, the Gloster Meteor entered service in 1944. Close to 4,000 were built before new swept wing designs made them obsolete.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

One of a number of German jets to see active service during World War II, the Messerschmitt 262 was a formidable adversary and if it had been available in larger numbers, would have caused havoc to Allied bombers. It was extremely vunerable taking off and landing and thanks to its command of the air, Allied pilots would often wait over German airfields for them.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

The Sabreline is a business jet first introduced in 1962. It serves in both civil and military aviation.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

One of a number of German jets to see active service during World War II, the Messerschmitt 163 Komet was a small a small, rocket-powered fighter. It was the first plane to reach 1,000 km/h in level flight. Only 370 were built.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

This turboprop fixed-wing aircraft is used mainly as a regional airliner. The Beechcraft 1900 can carry up to 19 passengers up to distances of 600 miles.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

The Panavia Tornado saw service in a number of European air forces from 1979. A multirole aircraft, it was developed by Italy, Great Britain and West Germany.

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What type of aircraft is this or what function does it fulfill?

This long-range piston-engined airliner first entered service in 1947 and could transport up to 114 passengers. It remained in service until the early 1960s. During this period, 56 were built.

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