Those magnificent men in their flying machines!
It's amazing to think that in just a little over a 100 years, we have had a man go from flying a few feet during the first manned flight to sending 500 passengers in a cylindrical can with wings halfway around the world on a daily basis.
Has there ever been an invention with such a rapid progression? And let's not forget it was flight that also led to man going to space and the moon for that matter.
Since they first flew, aircraft have always fascinated us. They are used in a number of roles as well including commercial, military and civilian applications.
Actually, it's hard to imagine a world without aircraft, isn't it?
But how much do you know about the airplanes and the world of aviation? Do you know who were the first men to fly? Or perhaps what they named their aircraft?
What about the name of the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the globe in 1986?
Well if you do, this is the quiz for you. It is going to test your aviation knowledge to the fullest! So be prepared.
Let's hope you can climb to new heights!
Most early aircraft had the biplane design, but soon monoplanes were found to be more efficient.
Much like a car, increasing the throttle increase the revolutions of the engine, which adds more power.
Easy, isn't it! Much like driving a car, but you aren't turning a wheel.
Found on the wings of an aircraft, ailerons move opposite to each other which in turn allows the aircraft to bank left or right.
The Supermarine Spitfire first flew in 1936. It went on to play a prominent role in the defense of Britain from the German air force, the Luftwaffe and thanks to the elliptical wings, remains one of the most recognized planes from that era.
Bicycle makers by trade, the Wright Brothers were intent on building the first aircraft to achieve powered flight. They eventually did, with Orville the man behind the controls.
Orville Wright became the first man to fly on Dec. 17, 1903. His flight lasted 12 seconds.
It's logical that they would name it after themselves, right? The original aircraft flew four times, all on that first day. It now stands in the Smithsonian museum.
Pushing the control stick forward puts the elevator in a down position. The air rushing over it now forces the aircraft into a dive.
That's simply incredible isn't it? It's a massive aircraft but 6 million sure is a lot of parts!
That's a staggeringly high amount. Its almost weird that planes are full, isn't it?
Around 5% of the world's population's feet have left terra firma. Although it doesn't seem like a huge amount, it is 400 million people!
All these forces are in play when an aircraft if flying. If there is enough thrust, the wings will produce lift but obviously to fly, the aircraft must overcome its weight as well as drag it produces.
That's simply incredible, don't you think?
Perhaps the most famous of all female pilots, Amelia Earhart achieved the feat of a solo flight across the Atlantic in 1928.
When the A380 came into service, many airports had to upgrade their facilities to deal with its size.
The Airbus A380 can carry up to 853 people in an all-economy class configuration and has 40% more floor space than the the next biggest commercial airliner, the Boeing 747
Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager piloted the Voyager on this epic mission. Voyager covered 26,366 miles at an average altitude of 11,000 feet and an average speed of 116 mph.
That's a long time to be in the air without refueling!
Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic in 1927. It took 33. 5 hours to complete the 3,600-mile journey.
The Spirit of St. Louis was a custom-built plane. It was made by Ryan Airways and is now on display in the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Yes, simply by removing 1 olive from their salads, American Airlines made a massive saving. It was a pity if you like olives...
As the aircraft is not flying in a straight line, it's logical that take-offs and landings are the most dangerous parts of a flight.
Over 2 million people fly in the United States each day! Over 30,000 flights take place each day in America.
The Fokker Dr. 1 was a triplane design and it had three sets of wings. This gave it an incredible rate of climb and made it very maneuverable. The famous Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, who shot down 80 enemy planes during the war flew this aircraft for 19 of his victories.
If a baby is born while in an aircraft over US airspace, it is automatically a US citizen.
The first international airline flight took place between London and Paris in 1919.
Concorde first flew in 1969 and went commercial in 1976. This supersonic passenger liner could cross the Atlantic in under three hours. The program cost for Concorde was around $1.3 billion with 20 built.
The legendary Chuck Yeager was the first pilot to break the sound barrier in 1947. Interestingly, Yeager undertook his record-breaking flight with two broken ribs after he fell from a horse two-days before. Only his wife knew about his injury.
The Bell XS-1 was an experimental aircraft conceived during World War II. Seven were built with aircraft #46-062 the one in which the speed of sound was first broken.
Flying aircraft #46-062 on Oct. 15, 1947, Yeager broke the sound barrier. This plane was called "Glamorous Glennis" after Yeager's wife.
A strange-looking plane, the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk first flew in 1981. Able to remain unseen to enemy radar thanks to stealth technology, the F-117 flew in combat for the first time during the first Gulf War.
A rudder is used to turn the aircraft left or right as it taxis on the ground. It can also be used while the plane is flying to aid in changing direction or to slip to the left or right.
Research shows that lightning strikes an aircraft at least once ever 1,000 hours it flies. Luckily, modern aircraft design allows for this.
Contrails are condensation. Conspiracy theorists might disagree, however, and say they are chemicals sprayed by the government.