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What was the nickname for the Hughes H-4 Hercules aircraft that made a single flight in 1947?▶ Spruce Goose
In what year did the aviator Charles A. Lindbergh cross the Atlantic Ocean?▶ 1927
Who was the first person selected as Time Magazine’s Man of the Year?▶ Charles Lindbergh in 1927.
In 1783, the first free flight of a hot air balloon carrying a human occurred in what city?▶ Paris, France
Which major American airline is named after a Greek letter?▶ Delta
What is the three letter airport code for the Los Angeles International Airport?▶ LAX
The Concorde was a supersonic passenger airliner flown by which two airlines?▶ Air France (AF) and British Airways (BA)
A Boeing 777 is equipped with how many engines?▶ Two
What was the nickname for the four engine B-17 bomber planes used during WWII?▶ Flying Fortress
In 2003, which U.S. state was officially declared the birthplace of aviation?▶ Ohio (Dayton, Ohio was the home of Wilbur and Orville Wright)
What is the call sign of any United States Marine Corps aircraft carrying the president of the United States?▶ Marine One
Who was the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic?▶ Amelia Earhart
What aviation pioneer founded the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company?Glenn Curtiss
What was the first aircraft to exceed the speed of sound in level flight?Bell X-1
What is the name of the first successful powered aircraft, built by the Wright brothers?Wright Flyer
What is the name of the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world?Boeing
Who was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean?Amelia Earhart
What was the name of the first commercial airline?DELAG
What type of aircraft is used by the President of the United States?Air Force One
What was the first aircraft to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean?Vickers Vimy
What is the name of the first supersonic passenger airliner?Concorde
Who was the first person to break the sound barrier?Chuck Yeager
What is the name of the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean?Amelia Earhart
Who designed the famous World War I fighter aircraft, the Sopwith Camel?Herbert Smith
What was the name of the first helicopter to receive a certificate of airworthiness?Sikorsky R-4
Who was the first person to fly solo around the world?Wiley Post
What was the name of the first commercial jet airliner?De Havilland Comet
Who was the first person to fly across the English Channel?Louis Blériot
What is the name of the first aircraft to fly faster than Mach 2?North American X-15
Who was the first person to fly solo from New York to Paris?Charles Lindbergh
What was the name of the first aircraft to complete a circumnavigation of the world?Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
Who was the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean?John Alcock and Arthur Brown
Who was the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean?Charles Lindbergh
What was the first airplane to achieve supersonic flight?Bell X-1
Which airplane set the record for the longest nonstop flight?Beechcraft Bonanza
What was the name of the first aircraft to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean?Vickers Vimy
Who invented the first successful airplane with a petrol engine?Wilbur and Orville Wright
What was the name of the first commercial jet airliner?De Havilland Comet
Who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean?Amelia Earhart
What is the name of the first airplane to fly faster than the speed of sound with a pilot on board?Bell X-1
What was the name of the first American astronaut to orbit Earth?John Glenn
Who was the first woman to break the sound barrier?Jacqueline Cochran
What was the name of the first airplane to be mass-produced?Ford Trimotor
What is the name of the first airplane to land on the North Pole?Fokker F.VIIa/3m Trimotor “Josephine Ford”
Who was the first person to fly faster than 1000 mph?Astronaut Joseph Kittinger
What was the name of the first airplane to be used in warfare?Italian Caproni Ca.1
Who invented the first practical parachute?Louis-Sébastien Lenormand
Which aviation pioneer was known as the “father of the modern helicopter”?Igor Sikorsky
What was the name of the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean?Amelia Earhart
Who invented the first successful human-carrying glider in 1899?Octave Chanute
What was the name of the first aircraft that was able to break the sound barrier?Bell X-1
Who was the pilot of the first non-stop transatlantic flight?John Alcock and Arthur Brown
What was the name of the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean?Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock
Who developed the first aircraft to successfully complete a controlled powered flight?Wright Brothers
What was the name of the first aircraft to complete a non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean?Junkers F13
Who was the first person to fly solo around the world in a single-engine plane?Steve Fossett
What was the name of the first woman to fly as a passenger on a transatlantic flight?Lady Grace Drummond-Hay
Who developed the first successful seaplane in 1910?Henri Fabre
What was the name of the first aircraft to fly over the South Pole?Ford Trimotor
Who invented the first parachute in the late 18th century?Louis-Sébastien Lenormand
What was the name of the first airline to offer scheduled commercial flights?St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line
Who was the first person to fly a hot air balloon in America?Jean-Pierre Blanchard
What was the name of the first aircraft to complete a non-stop flight around the world?Rutan Voyager
Who was the first woman to receive a pilot’s license in the United States?Harriet Quimby
What was the name of the first aircraft to fly across the English Channel?Blériot XI
Who invented the first successful air-cooled engine in 1895?Wilhelm Maybach
What was the name of the first airplane to fly faster than Mach 2?Convair F-106 Delta Dart
What was the first aircraft to be used as a bomber in a conflict?Italian Caproni Ca.1
What is the name of the first supersonic passenger aircraft?Concorde
Who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean?Amelia Earhart
What was the name of the first successful seaplane?Curtiss Model D
What is the name of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima?Enola Gay
Who was the first person to fly a plane at an altitude of over 30,000 feet?Lieutenant Oakley Kelly
What was the first aircraft to make a non-stop transatlantic flight?Vickers Vimy
Who was the first woman to break the sound barrier?Jacqueline Cochran
What is the name of the world’s largest passenger airliner?Airbus A380
Who was the first person to fly solo around the world?Wiley Post
What was the first aircraft to fly at Mach 2?Soviet Tupolev Tu-144
Who was the first person to fly a plane over the North Pole?Roald Amundsen
What is the name of the aircraft that broke the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe?North American B-1 Lancer
Who was the first African American woman to receive a pilot’s license?Bessie Coleman
What was the first aircraft to fly across the Pacific Ocean?North American Aviation P-51 Mustang

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Tim majored in Humanities with a bachelor in English and Theatre at New York State University. He lectured on entertainment business studies for three years at Plymouth College.

Tim has been a trivia host in his current hometown of Pittsburgh for the past two years. He enjoys hanging out with people who love trivia just as much as he does.

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