Take The 2nd “Wings Over Kansas” Aviation History Quiz!

This is a fun quiz that covers the Top Aerospace Milestones, designed to test your aviation history knowledge.

If you’re like many aviation history buffs, aviation enthusiasts and aerospace professionals, you’ll enjoy testing your knowledge of major aviation achievements and accomplishments in this nine-part series of multiple questions. If you don’t know the answer, you’ll learn once you’ve checked for the correct answer at the end of this quiz. However, if you’ve visited WingsOverKansas.com “100th Anniversary of Flight” page, you’ll learn the answers to these questions.

Now here’s “Wings Over Kansas” History Quiz, Part #2, The Twenties:

  1. Who advocated development of a powerful air force by the United States during this time period?
  2. In the early Twenties, what entity developed its own fleet of mail planes?
  3. What was the name of the Act of 1925 where the Post Office shifted delivery of airmail to competition by bid from private airlines, thereby launching a series of successful commercial airline routes?
  4. What was constructed by the Post Office so pilots could fly the mail routes at night (1919-1924)?
  5. What group of pilots pushed aviation technology using surplus WWI aircraft?
  6. What was the aircraft built in 1926 which was the first all-metal aircraft designed for passengers, rather than mail, with an enclosed Duralumin cabin?
  7. What replaced water-cooled engines, reducing weight and making bigger and faster planes possible?
  8. What year did Charles Lindbergh make his solo flight across the Atlantic to attract millions of investment dollars to the industry?
  9. In what year did Lindbergh fly the first leg of the Transcontinental Air Transport – (TAT) First transcontinental air-rail network?
  10. What major American aircraft designer/developer started Pacific Aero Products Company in 1916 then changed the name of the company the following year? His first major contract was building trainers for the Navy. His company then went on to become the largest manufacturer of airplanes in the world.
  11. Who was the pioneer American aircraft designer who started his company in 1920 in California? His first plane became the flagship of Ryan’s San Diego-Los Angeles airline, one of the first scheduled airlines; went on to become one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers; later merging with McDonnell, then Boeing.
  12. What was the first U. S. aircraft that could carry a useful load exceeding its own weight, built by Douglas in 1921?
  13. Who helped design the artificial horizon, which told the pilot the exact altitude of the plane in relation to the earth, important for flying in reduced visibility? In September 1929, he flew entirely by the use of instruments and radio aids from takeoff to landing without reference to the ground.
  14. What aircraft engine was developed by the British at the end of the 1920s which developed 2350 horsepower, demonstrating an almost 200-fold increase in power in less than three decades?
  15. What air transport company began operations, and although not for public benefit, was the first sustained passenger/cargo airline in the U.S.?
  16. Who was the father of American rocketry, launching the first liquid propellant rocket in 1926, the forerunner of engines that would launch into space?
  17. Major aircraft carriers were built in the late twenties and thirties. What was the first-built American aircraft carrier?
  18. Who was the American aircraft designer, Pioneer of the “Flying Wing” design, who founded his own aircraft manufacturing company, later merging with Grumman?
  19. Who was an early aircraft engine developer, President of Pratt & Whitney, manufacturer of the air-cooled engine?
  20. What was the first electro-mechanical flight simulator invented in 1929, which revolutionized training of pilots and was the forerunner of today’s complex simulators?

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