Get ready to take to the skies!
There are quite a lot of things that are commonplace today that would seem truly outlandish to people who lived hundreds of years ago. Packing hundreds of irritable and exasperated people into a humongous metal machine and flying them across the Atlantic Ocean is one such thing. While humans can run and they can learn to swim, flight is one thing that we just aren't capable of doing naturally. However, thanks to aircraft of all shapes and sizes, for a couple hundred dollars anyone can get into a seat next to a crying baby and soar through the sky for hours. It's truly magical!
Sarcastic jokes aside, aircraft are truly important for several day-to-day happenings in modern society. From hauling cargo and people from one country to another, to saving lives in emergency situations and fighting in military conflicts, aircraft are a central part of the modern world. In this quiz, we've taken two of the most prolific manufactures of aircraft - Boeing and Airbus - to see if you have what it takes to correctly match them to some of their most interesting and notable aircraft! So are you ready to reach for the stars (and correct answers)? Then let's get started!
The VC-25 is a wide-body transportation aircraft that was created by Boeing as a military version of their 747 airliner. Only two of them exist and they are famous for being used for presidential transport as “Air Force One” (designated as such by the United States Air Force).
The A300-600ST Beluga is an outsize cargo freight aircraft that was created as a modified version of the standard A300-600. The “Beluga” moniker is a direct reference to the whale of the same name that it resembles.
The F/A-18F Super Hornet is a carrier-based multirole fighter that features twin-engines. At least 600 of them have been built and they are primarily used by the United States Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.
The 787 Dreamliner is a long-haul, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner that was introduced in 2011. It is currently still in service and is primarily used by American Airlines, All Nippon Airways, and United Airlines.
The E-Fan X is a planned hybrid-electric aircraft that is expected to have its first flight in 2020. It is a joint project between Airbus, Rolls-Royce plc and Siemens.
The B-47 Stratojet is a six-engine, turbojet-powered strategic bomber that was introduced in 1951. It is perhaps most notable for its innovations that led to many of the features seen in modern jet airliners.
The A319 is a narrow-body, twin-engine jet airliner that has the capacity to carry up to 160 passengers. Production began in 1994 and is still ongoing, with well more than 1,400 having been built.
The CC-150 Polaris is a long distance transport and mid-air refueling aircraft that was introduced in 1992. It is primarily used by the Royal Canadian Air Force and was converted from Airbus A310-300s.
The Bird of Prey is an experimental stealth aircraft that was developed by Boeing and McDonnell Douglas (which has since been merged with Boeing). While it never entered production (only one example was built), much of the technology and parts that led to its development were applied to future projects.
The 747 is a wide-body jet airliner and cargo aircraft that was first introduced in 1970. It is one of the most recognizable aircraft in the world and held the record for highest passenger capacity for 37 years.
The A320 is a narrow-body twin-engine jet airliner that is the initial member of the aptly named A320 family of aircraft (which consists of the A318, A319, A320 and A321). The competition between the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737 is one of the most notable rivalries between the two companies.
The B-29 Superfortress is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber that most notably carried out the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With design and production expenses that exceeded even the Manhattan Project ($3 billion vs $1.9 billion), the Superfortress is distinctive for being the single most expensive weapons project in World War II.
The B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber that was introduced in 1938. It was primarily used by the United States Army Air Forces and the Royal Air Force and well over 12,000 units were built between 1938 and 1945.
The A321 is a narrow-body twin-engine jet airliner that is currently still in service after being first introduced in 1994. More than 1,700 of them have been produced and they are currently used primarily by American Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and China Southern Airlines.
The Model 307 Stratoliner is a transport aircraft that was first introduced in 1940 and retired in 1975. It is notable for being the very first commercial transport aircraft that featured a pressurized cabin.
The A380 is a four-engine jet airliner that features a double deck and a wide body. A notable entry in the rivalry between Airbus and Boeing, it was introduced with the intent of challenging the monopoly that Boeing had on the large-aircraft market.
The EADS HC-144 Ocean Sentry is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft that was built by Airbus Military. Only 18 of them have ever been built and they are currently used by the United States Coast Guard.
The B-52 Stratofortress is a subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber that was first introduced in 1955. While they were extensively used by the United States Air Force, one of the most notable units (nicknamed “Balls 8”) was used by NASA.
The A310 Multi Role Tanker Transport (often simply shortened to A310 MRTT) is an aerial refueling tanker aircraft that was introduced in 2003. It is primarily used by the German Air Force and as the name suggests, it is based on the A310 transport aircraft.
The EADS CASA C-295 is a tactical military transport aircraft that was introduced in 2001 by Airbus Defence and Space. More than 160 of them have been produced and they are currently used primarily by the Spanish Air Force, Mexican Air Force, and the Egyptian Air Force.
The Model 247 is a passenger airliner that was introduced in 1933 and is now retired. The 247 is responsible for showcasing certain advantageous features at the time, such as retractable landing gear, cantilevered wings, and all-metal semi-monocoque construction.
The A340 is a four-engine, wide-body passenger jet airliner that was officially introduced in 1993. One of its variants, the A340-500, once notably held the title of longest-range commercial airliner.
The THOR is an unmanned aerial vehicle that was created by Airbus and had its first flight in November 2015. It notably holds the distinction of being the very first 3D printed aircraft in the world.
The Rockwell B-1 Lancer is a supersonic strategic heavy bomber that was officially introduced in 1986. Some of its most notable appearances include Operation Desert Fox in Iraq and the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.
The Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine multirole fighter that features a canard–delta wing design. It is primarily used by the Royal Air Force, Spanish Air Force, German Air Force, and Italian Air Force.
The 367-80 is a prototype transport aircraft that was introduced in 1955 by Boeing. Only one was ever built but it eventually served as a direct inspiration for the Boeing 707 and the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker.
The A330 is a wide-body twin-engine jet airliner that was first officially introduced in 1994. It is primarily used by Turkish Airlines, Air China, and China Eastern Airlines.
The EA-18G Growler is an electronic warfare aircraft that was first officially introduced in 2009. It is currently in service primarily in the United States Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.
The 777 is a wide-body twin-engine jet airliner manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It was introduced in 1993 and is still in production.
The A318 is a narrow-body, twin-engine jet airliner that was first introduced in 2003 by Airbus. It belongs to the Airbus A320 family and is its smallest member.
The 737 is a narrow-body jet airliner manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It holds the distinction of being the highest-selling commercial jetliner in history, with well more than 10,000 units built and 4,600 orders pending.
The A400M Atlas is a turboprop military transport aircraft that is primarily used by several operators in Europe, including the Royal Air Force and the German Air Force. It was introduced in 2007 and at least 76 units have been built.
The C-32 is a military passenger transportation aircraft that was first introduced in 1998. Known as “Air Force Two,” it is primarily used to transport United States leaders, such as the Vice President of the United States, the first lady, and the secretary of state.
The EADS Mako/HEAT (Mako/High Energy Advanced Trainer) is a prototype military aircraft that was to be produced by Airbus. However, it has since been cancelled but technologies from it have been applied to other vehicles.
The A350 XWB is a twin-engine wide-body jet airliner that was officially introduced in 2015. More than 200 of them have been produced and it is notably the first Airbus aircraft that makes use of primarily carbon fiber reinforced polymer for wing structures and fuselage.
The 767 is a twin-engine wide-body jet airliner that is manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It was first introduced in 1981 and since then, more than 1,100 have been produced.
The A220 is a narrow-body jet airliner that was first officially introduced in 2016. It is currently still in production, with only approximately 50 of them built so far.
The A300 is a wide-body twin-engine jet airliner that was introduced in 1974. It holds the distinction of being the first twin-engine wide-body airliner in the world.
The KC-135 Stratotanker is a military aerial refueling aircraft that is notable for being the first jet-powered refueling tanker used by the United States Air Force. It was introduced in 1957 and is still in service.
The 707 is a narrow-body jet airliner that was manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It is currently out of production and only in limited service for the purpose of moving cargo.