Take the “Wings Over Kansas” Aviation History Quiz #6!

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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 the 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 #6, The Sixties:

  1. What was the very high altitude, high-speed jet built by Lockheed that could map huge areas of the world and do reconnaissance anywhere in the world? What was the year?
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    SR-71 — 1962

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  3. Who developed the first working ruby laser on May 15, 1960, ushering in a new world of technology in communications, machining, and measurement changing military operations with more precise range accuracy leading to reduced consumption of ammunitions and bombs?
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    Hughes Research Laboratories


  5. What was the name of an expendable launch vehicle, with its first launch in 1960 that placed the first passive communications satellite in orbit? It also launched the first commercial communications satellite, and the first Air Force Global Positioning System satellites and Pioneer 6.
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  7. What was the name of the world’s first geosynchronous satellite, launched on July 26, 1963, demonstrating that satellites were not only commercially efficient but could revolutionize international communications?
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    Syncrom II


  9. What was the Soviet program for manned space vehicles begun in 1959? In this program, Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space on April 12, 1961 with a single orbit of the Earth.
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    USSR’s Vostok Program


  11. What was the program started in 1958 by NASA in which Alan B. Shepard, Jr. became the first American in space in May 1961? John Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. M. Scott Carpenter orbited the Earth three times, and Walter M. Schirra flew six times around the Earth. The last of these program missions was completed in 1963 with the 34-hour mission of L. Gordon Cooper.
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    Mercury Program


  13. What was the program (First American spacewalk) from 1963-1966? This program produced a more sophisticated space capsule that could carry two crewmembers and develop the space experience and skills leading to the lunar mission. Most importantly, this program developed techniques for orbital rendezvous. Edward H. White’s 20-minute space walk was the high point of a four-day mission in June 1965.
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    Gemini Program


  15. What was the Soviet Union’s intermediate space program, similar to Gemini? The Soviets developed a spacecraft “soft-landing” system and eliminated spacesuits and the ejection apparatus.
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    USSR’s Voskhod Program


  17. What was the first U.S. spacecraft to orbit the moon? What was the year? Five 850-pound Orbiters photographed 99 percent of the moon’s surface.
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    Lunar Orbiter – 1966


  19. During what time period did the Apollo Program exist? Apollo’s goal was to land a man on the moon; a mission accomplished with the Apollo 11 flight on July 20, 1969. Seven more expeditions to the moon provided the world with more detailed examinations of the moon. A tragic accident ended the lives of three American astronauts, Grissom, Chaffe and White when fire swept their spacecraft on January 27, 1967.
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  21. What were the main engines for each of the Apollo-Saturn stages?
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    Rocketdyne engines


  23. What was the USSR’s space mission in which the goal was to develop a series of successively updated space stations, with which they docked in about 16 flights?
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    Soyuz Program


  25. What was the first wide-body airliner followed by the L1011 and the DC10 that helped make international travel more affordable?
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    Boeing 747


  27. In what space program were launch boosters made for Apollo spacecraft, the first series built specifically for manned launches?
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    Saturn Program


  29. What was the gigantic, s-stage launch rocket (36 stories high) designed to reach the lunar surface?
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    Saturn V


  31. In 1969 a British-French consortium moved into the commercial supersonic aircraft field with the first flight of what aircraft?
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    The Concorde


  33. What was the jet built by British Aerospace, which made the first vertical takeoff and landing practical for military aircraft?
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    The Harrier Jet


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