10 most difficult aviation riddlesAviation quiz
Which company produced the world's first commercial jet airliner?
English-made de Havilland DH 106 Comet was introduced in 1952 by British Airways. A year after, Comet airframes began suffering catastrophic metal fatigue, with three of them tearing apart during mid-flight.
Who is famous for flying propeller-driven hydrogen gas balloons?
The Mongolfier Brothers
The Wright Brothers
Jean Pierre Blanchard
Alberto Santos-Dumont was a Brazilian inventor and aviation pioneer. In his early career he designed, built, and flew hot air balloons and early dirigibles, culminating in his winning the Deutsch de la Meurthe prize on 19 October 1901 for a flight that rounded the Eiffel Tower.
Who was Adolf Hitler's personal pilot between 1934 and 1945?
Hans Baur (1897-1993) was Adolf Hitler's pilot during Hitler's political campaigns of the early 1930s. He later became Hitler's personal pilot and leader of the Reichsregierung squadron. Apprehended by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II in Europe, he was imprisoned in the USSR for ten years before being extradited to France on 10 October 1955, where he was imprisoned until 1957. He died in Herrsching, Bavaria, in 1993.
The French Open tennis tournament is named after aviator Roland-Garros. What did he do?
he invented a monoplane
he flew from Paris to London
he flew across the Mediterranean Sea
he became the first fighter ace of WWI
Roland Garros gained fame for making the flight from Fréjus in France to Bizerte in Tunisia. The following year, Garros joined the French army at the outbreak of World War I. Garros is sometimes erroneously called the world's first fighter ace. In fact, he shot down only four aircraft; the definition of "ace" is five or more victories.
Which airline is the world’s oldest one to still be using its original name?
KLM was founded in 1919. Operations stopped during World War II apart from the operations in the Dutch Antilles. The airline is the "Oldest operating airline", but with the 2004 merge with Air France some dispute whether KLM should still hold the crown. QANTAS, founded in 1920, is dubbed "Oldest continuously operating airline".
How did Amelia Earhart die?
plane crash over the Pacific Ocean
plane crash over the Adriatic Sea
plane crash over the Atlantic Ocean
car racing accident
Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1937 she tried to fly around the world, but after 40 days the contact with her aircraft was lost. Most likely she crashed somewhere over the Marshall Islands.
Which airline is the largest by the number of passengers?
Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL), commonly referred to as Delta, is a major American airline, with its headquarters and largest hub at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2013, Delta Air Lines was the world's largest airline in terms of scheduled passengers carried (120.6 million).
Who was the first to complete a transatlantic flight in a heavier-than-air aircraft?
John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown
On June 14–15, 1919, two British aviators flew a modified Vickers Vimy IV bomber (pictured) from Newfoundland to Ireland. Both men were knighted at Buckingham Palace by King George V. Eight years later, Charles Lindbergh's completed his flight from New York to Paris (the distance travelled by Lindbergh was almost twice as long).
What was the name of the first and only Soviet space shuttle?
Buran (Snowstorm or Blizzard) was the first spaceplane to be produced as part of the Soviet Buran programme. OK-1K1 completed one unmanned spaceflight in 1988, and was destroyed in 2002 It remains the only Soviet reusable spacecraft to be launched into space.