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The first airplane to take off on wheels was...  Continue»

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The driest place on Earth!  Continue»

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What was the world's first rocket-powered airplane?  Continue»

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So just how fast would Santa have to go?  Continue»

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We have supersonic jet fighters, but are they (or any other type of aircraft capable of supersonic flight) ever flown faster than Mach 1 over the continental United States?  Continue»

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Approximately how many patents for flying machines were filed with the US Patent Office before that of the Wright Brothers?  Continue»

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The greatest distance ever covered (either "straight line" or free) by a powered airplane (or for that matter, any sailplane) without benefit of a single drop of fuel was...  Continue»

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The world's smallest jet engine (whether turboprop, turbofan, or turbojet) used in a "real" passenger carrying aircraft weighs in at...  Continue»

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The noisiest aircraft of all time, during takeoff, is (was)...  Continue»

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True or false: It is possible to maintain control of (as well as land) an airplane that is missing part of a wing.  Continue»

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True or false: Apart from tilt-rotor or "powered lift" category aircraft, it is physically impossible for a propeller airplane (whether piston or turboprop) to either maintain altitude (or as the expression goes, "hang on its prop") or to climb straight up, by virtue of sheer thrust alone.  Continue»

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Who was the first person in history to write about flying in any mechanical or truly scientific sense?  Continue»

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A few weeks ago, a Trivia Tester featured the so-called birth of carrier aviation with the world's first landing aboard a ship. So, what was really the world's first aircraft carrier?  Continue»

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The average 1970s vintage Cessna 172 has enough aluminum to make the equivalent of roughly how many typical soda cans?  Continue»

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How long after their first flight did the Wright brothers submit their first patent application?  Continue»

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An airplane can be made to stall at any speed. Okay then, at what airspeed will any airplane stall, if the stick (or yoke) is briskly pushed forward so that it enters a rapid descent, and the airplane is "unloaded" to exactly zero gees?  Continue»

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From the first flight over the ocean to the first landing on the ocean, try this week's 3 Trivia Testers!  Continue»

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For what reason might you want to land on the downwind side of a runway, in crosswind conditions?  Continue»

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In a level turn, the number of "gees" a pilot pulls (which is also known as the "load factor") is as we know related to the angle of bank (actually it's the reciprocal of the cosine of the bank angle).  Continue»

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To completely escape the possibility of a lightning strike in the vicinity of a thunderstorm, an aircraft would have to climb how high?  Continue»

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Lightning bolts, the worst airship tragedy in history and the first female airline pilot...  Continue»

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The highest-scoring, most deadly, boss-of-all-bosses, and root'n-toot'n-est Top Gun fighter pilot ace of all time was...  Continue»

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Tornadoes are the most severe weather phenomena. Which country can therefore be said to have the "worst weather in the world" because it has the most tornadoes?  Continue»

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Rod Machado is always using poor hapless Two-One-Three-Two-Bravo in his aviation anecdotes. Was there really such an aircraft having that tail number?  Continue»

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For many Cessna singles, why will fuel burn NOT be the same between the two tanks when the fuel selector is on 'Both'?  Continue»

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Where might one find one's name on an aeronautical chart?  Continue»

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There are 5268 public-use airports in the US, according to AOPA's latest database. Only 526 of them have a control tower. The vast majority of those airports having a control tower also have more than one runway. A few however, have just one. How few?  Continue»

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A 'haboob' is...  Continue»

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Out of all the public use runways in the US, if you also factored in the density altitude, using a normal standard atmospheric lapse rate, where would the 'effectively shortest' runway be located?  Continue»

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Which US city has the highest average annual wind speed?  Continue»

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A 'prester' is another name for...  Continue»

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During the month of March, in which of these states are you most likely to see a tornado?  Continue»

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The greatest number of tornadoes to ever hit within a 24-hour period was...  Continue»

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The first reported bird strike was...  Continue»

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In what airplane was the sound barrier first broken on October 14, 1947?  Continue»

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Your best friend in the event of an elevator control failure is...  Continue»

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What famous Warner Brothers cartoon character has been immortalized on an actual instrument approach procedure?  Continue»

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True or False: The first prototype airliner actually flew in the 19th century.  Continue»

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When was the world's first numerical weather forecast made?  Continue»

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An airliner is cruising along at FL 350. The captain announces to the passengers that the outside temperature is minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to keep the cabin nice and comfortable, what system is essential?  Continue»

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What is the best way to combat rust in an aircraft engine?  Continue»

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What unlucky pilot was shot down on May 13, 1917, again on March 13, 1918, and yet again on August 13, 1918?  Continue»

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When Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier on October 4, 1947, he had another pilot on his wing (who at the time was equally as unheard-of). It was...  Continue»

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The growth of hail stones can continue as long as there are updrafts strong enough to keep them aloft. What is the largest hail stone ever recorded?  Continue»

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If you could see clear air turbulence, what would it look like?  Continue»

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Which extreme measures have actually been taken, with regularity, to dispel fog at airports?  Continue»

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The Space Shuttles have tiles that can resist the terrific heat that is generated during re-entry through the earth's atmosphere, but what CAN'T they stand up to?  Continue»

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When one is at a high latitude, it is well known that a magnetic compass is, at best (unless one is intimately familiar with local idiosyncrasies), nearly useless...  Continue»

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Who was the first airline stewardess?  Continue»

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When was the first mid-air refueling accomplished?  Continue»

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