Take the 4th “Wings Over Kansas” Aviation History Quiz!

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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 have already learned the answers to these intriguing questions.

Now here’s “Wings Over Kansas” History Quiz, Part #4, The Forties:

  1. What aircraft in 1940 had the first pressurized cabin and flew above the turbulence that upset passengers’ stomachs, could fly up to 20,000 feet and had a 12-foot wide cabin that held 33 passengers with berths for overnight travel?
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    Boeing Stratoliner

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  3. The U.S. had mass production of aircraft at the beginning of WWII. Production of planes increased from 500 a year to what number a year by the war’s close?
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    50,000 a year


  5. What was the first bomber with crew-cabin pressurization and remotely controlled power turrets?
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    B-29 “”Superfortress””


  7. What famous aircraft had laminar-flow wings to reduce drag giving improved aerodynamics and had the range to escort bombers across Germany?
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    P-51 Mustang


  9. Computers, using binary language were first used for high-speed calculations for the Manhattan project, for code breaking and for artillery purposes. Later revolutionized design, business and manufacturing systems. What was the organization responsible for this during WWII?
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    The U.S. Navy


  11. The most advanced airliner in the world in 1945 was fully pressurized, flying nonstop from New York to Paris. It was the first transatlantic airliner, flying up to 30,000 feet and opened up high-volume passenger service. What was this aircraft?
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    The Lockheed Constellation


  13. In 1946, what was the aircraft that greatly reduced traveling time with greater comfort for passengers and made air travel economically viable?
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    The DC-6


  15. In 1947, what was the bomber with six piston engines, plus four jets and gave the U.S. intercontinental bombing capability?
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    Convair B-36 Strategic Bomber


  17. What was the 1940 very sophisticated sight used on planes, which enabled bombardiers to make accurate, high-level bombings?
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    Norden Bomb Sight


  19. Who was the German that built and tested the first jet engine in the late 30s. Whittle designed one, but didn’t get to test it on a plane until later. The German engineer’s design flew, but not very well. It took another five years to perfect the engine by the end of the war. Germans deployed the first operational jet in 1944 (ME2-62). Who was this German jet engine designer?
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    Hans Von Ohain


  21. What was the first operational jet built by Lockheed in 1944 that led to the T-33 trainer?
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    Lockheed P-80


  23. What was the first combat jet aircraft to operate from the deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier and the Navy’s first airplane to fly 500 mph?
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    FH-1 “”Phantom””


  25. What was the first weapon of mass destruction that made the great fleets of four-engine, propeller-driven, bombers with TNT payloads instantly obsolete?
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    Atomic Bomb


  27. What was the wing design made possible by more powerful engines, which made for more efficiency because of less drag?
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    Swept Wing Design


  29. What was the aircraft made by North American in 1947 that was America’s first single-seat, swept-wing jet fighter?
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    F-86 “”Sabre Jet””


  31. What was the first multi-engine, swept-wing bomber introduced in 1947?
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    B-47 “”Stratojet Bomber””


  33. What was the rocket-powered research plane that broke the sound barrier in 1947 in which Chuck Yeager made the first supersonic flight by man in California?
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    Bell X-1


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