Can You Identify These Modern Military Aircraft From A Photo?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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Are you ready to take to the skies with this quiz?

While humans were born on land and took to traveling on water tens of thousands of years ago, traversing the skies has only really successfully been accomplished over the past few decades. In modern times, our ability to have aircraft (moth manned aircraft and unmanned aircraft), that can easily soar through the skies, has benefited many aspects of society; from transportation and research, to emergency services and the military. This quiz focuses on the metal mechanical marvels that are flown by military forces from all around the world!

Both of the world wars actually led to several notable advancements in aviation; with World War I being the first major conflict to involve large scale use of aircraft and World War II involving widespread use of strategic bombing. Historically, while most people remember the iconic fighter jets from these wars, several other types of aircraft were also utilized; such as balloons for observation in World War I and the American Civil War and gliders for landing troops in World War II. However, nowadays many of these historical type of aircraft are no longer used by the military, with surveillance planes largely taking over from balloons and helicopters replacing the use of gliders. So strap in for this dogfight of a quiz and lets see what you've got flyboy!

The T-1A Jayhawk is a twin-engine jet aircraft that was introduced in 1992. The T-1A Jayhawk is primarily used by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the United States Air Force.

The E-4B “Nightwatch” is a strategic command and control military aircraft that was introduced in 1974. The E-4B “Nightwatch” is primarily used by the United States Air Force and only 4 have ever been built.

The F-35A Lightning II is a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multi-role fighter that was introduced in 2006. The F-35A Lightning II is primarily used by the United States and is notable for being a part of the most expensive military weapons system program in history.

The HH-60 Pave Hawk is a twin-turboshaft engine helicopter that was introduced in 1982. The HH-60 Pave Hawk is primarily used by the United States Air Force and the Republic of Korea Air Force.

The A-10C Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet aircraft that was introduced in 1977. The A-10C Thunderbolt II is still in service and primarily used by the United States Air Force for close air support.

The E-3 Sentry is an airborne early warning and control aircraft that was introduced in 1977. The E-3 Sentry is primarily used by NATO, the United States Air Force, and the Royal Air Force.

The AC-130 Stinger II is a heavily armed, long-endurance ground-attack gunship that was introduced in 1995. The AC-130 Stinger II is primarily used by the United States Air Force.

The TH-1H Iroquois is a utility military helicopter that was introduced in 1959. The TH-1H Iroquois is primarily used by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, the Australian Army, and the United States Army.

The C-5M Super Galaxy is a large military transport aircraft that was introduced in 1970. The C-5M Super Galaxy is primarily used by the United States Air Force and is notable for being one of the largest military aircraft in the world.

The KC-135 Stratotanker is a military aerial refueling aircraft that was introduced in 1957. The KC-135 Stratotanker is primarily used by the French Air Force, United States Air Force and the Turkish Air Force.

The F-22A Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter that was introduced in 2005. The F-22A Raptor is primarily used by the United States Air Force and was produced as a part of its Advanced Tactical Fighter program.

The C-130H Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft that was introduced in 1954. The C-130H Hercules is primarily used by the United States Air Force, the Royal Netherlands Air Force, the United States Marine Corps and the Royal Air Force.

The MQ-9B Reaper is an unmanned aerial vehicle that was introduced in 2007. The MQ-9B Reaper is primarily used by the United States Air Force, the Royal Air Force, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The C-146A Wolfhound is a turboprop-powered aircraft that was introduced in 1993. The C-146A Wolfhound is primarily used by Air Force Special Operations Command and the Botswana Defence Force Air Wing.

The B-52H Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber that was introduced in 1955. The B-52H Stratofortress is primarily used by the United States Air Force and by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The C-12 Huron is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft that was introduced in 1973. The C-12 Huron is primarily used by the United States Air Force, United States Army, United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.

The T-6A Texan II is a single-engine turboprop aircraft that was introduced in 2001. The T-6A Texan II is primarily used by the Royal Air Force, the United States Air Force, and the Hellenic Air Force.

The E-8C Joint STARS is an airborne ground surveillance, battle management and command and control aircraft that was introduced in 1991. The E-8C Joint STARS is primarily used by the United States Air Force and only 17 have ever been built.

The EC-130 Commando Solo III is an airborne communications jamming and psychological and information operations aircraft that was introduced in 1975. The EC-130 Commando Solo III is primarily used by the United States Air Force and is notable for its role during Operation Desert Storm.

The C-130J Super Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft that was introduced in 1999. The C-130J Super Hercules is primarily used by the United States Air Force, the United States Marine Corps and the Royal Air Force.

The LC-130H Hercules is a ski-equipped variant of the C-130 Hercules that was introduced in 1956. The LC-130H Hercules is primarily used by the United States Air Force in the Arctic and Antarctic.

The B-2A Spirit is a heavy penetration strategic bomber that was introduced in 1997. The B-2A Spirit is primarily used by the United States Air Force for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses.

The B-1B Lancer is a supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber that was introduced in 1986. The B-1B Lancer is primarily used by the United States Air Force.

The F-15E Strike Eagle is an all-weather multirole strike fighter that was introduced in 1988. The F-15E Strike Eagle is primarily used by the United States Air Force, the Royal Saudi Air Force, the Israeli Air Force and the Republic of Korea Air Force.

The C-17A Globemaster III is a large military transport aircraft that was introduced in 1995. The C-17A Globemaster III is primarily used by the United States Air Force, the Indian Air Force, and the Royal Air Force, for transporting troops and cargo and performing tactical and strategic airlift missions.

The T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twinjet supersonic jet trainer that was introduced in 1961. The T-38 Talon is primarily used by NASA, the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, and the Turkish Air Force. It is notable for being the world's first supersonic trainer and the most produced one as well.

The RQ-170 Sentinel is an unmanned aerial vehicle. The RQ-170 Sentinel is primarily used by the United States Air Force for the CIA.

The F-15 Eagle is a twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft that was introduced in 1976. The F-15 Eagle is primarily used by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, the United States Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force.

The CV-22B Osprey is a multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both VTOL and STOL capabilities that was introduced in 2007. The CV-22B Osprey is primarily used by the United States Marine Corps.

The EC-130H Compass Call is an electronic attack aircraft that was introduced in 1982. The EC-130H Compass Call is primarily used by the United States Air Force and is based on the C-130 Hercules.

The RQ-4 Global Hawk is an unmanned surveillance aircraft that was introduced in 1998. The RQ-4 Global Hawk is primarily used not only by the United States Air Force but also by NASA and NATO as well.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine supersonic multirole fighter aircraft that was introduced in 1978. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is primarily used by the Israeli Air Force, United States Air Force and the Pakistan Air Force.

The C-26 Metroliner is a twin turboprop aircraft that was introduced in 1990. The C-26 Metroliner is primarily used by the United States Air Force, the Mexican Air Force and the United States Army.

The C-40 Clipper is a military transport aircraft that was introduced in 2001. The C-40 Clipper is primarily used by the United States Navy and the United States Air Force.

The MQ-1B Predator is a remotely piloted aircraft that was introduced in 1995. The MQ-1B Predator is primarily used by the Italian Air Force, the Turkish Air Force and the Royal Moroccan Air Force.

The VC-25A is a military version of the Boeing 747 airliner that was introduced in 1990. The VC-25A is used for presidential transport and operated by the United States Air Force as Air Force One.

The U-2 Dragon Lady is a single-jet engine, ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft that was introduced in 1957. The U-2 Dragon Lady is primarily used by NASA, the United States Air Force, the CIA and the Republic of China Air Force.

The E-9A Widget is a twin-engine, medium-range, turboprop airliner that was introduced in 1984. The E-9A Widget is primarily used by the Australian Border Force, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the United States Air Force.

The KC-10A Extender is an aerial refueling tanker aircraft that was introduced in 1981. The KC-10A Extender is primarily used by the Royal Netherlands Air Force and the United States Air Force.

The OC-135B Open Skies is an observation support aircraft that was introduced in 1993. The OC-135B Open Skies is primarily used by the United States Air Force and only 3 have ever been built.

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