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Pilot Quiz - Historic Aviation Events

Here is a double quiz for you. Test your knowledge of these historic aviation events and also see if you can determine what connects all these questions.

1. What was the first city to call a field facility for flight an 'airport?'

a. Atlantic City, N.J.
b. Dayton, OH
c. Mineola, N.Y.

2. The first coast-to-coast air passenger service in the U.S. began in 1929, with just two passengers completing the entire trip and involving three companies. Name the three companies.

a. American, Transcontinental, and Eastern Airlines
b. Transcontinental, Western, and Eastern Airlines
c. Transcontinental Airlines and Pennsylvania and Santa Fe Railroads

3. The first person to takeoff and land an airplane solely by the use of instruments was:

a. Charles Lindbergh in 1932
b. James Doolittle in 1929
c. Harry Guggenheim in 1930

4. When the U.S. Department on Commerce established flight rules, it did not set a minimum age for pilots. How old was the first person to solo and get a license?

a. Joseph Sheen at age 12
b. William Rhode at age 14
c. Arnold Bevins at age 11

5. The first person to receive a pilot's license at age 16 did so in what year?

a. Charles Lindbergh in 1925
b. Robert Buck in 1930
c. Clarence Chamberlain in 1931

6. The first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean did so as a passenger. Who was she?

a. Ruth Nichols
b. Ann Morrow Lindbergh
c. Amelia Earhart

7. In 1949 William Odom set a distance record for single-engine airplanes traveling more than 5,000 miles non-stop from Hawaii to Teterboro, NJ. What kind of airplane was it?

a. Beech Bonanza
b. Piper Comanche
c. Cessna 195

8. In 1983 a Lockheed C-141B Starlifter transport crossed the Atlantic evacuating seriously ill military personnel. What was unusual about the flight?

a. Flight set new time/distance record for this class of airplane
b. Flight also carried Secretary of Defense
c. First all female military crew to fly across the Atlantic

9. In 1921, the first around-the-world airship flight covered 20,500 miles and took 12 days flying time'21 days elapsed time. What airship was it?

a. Graf Zepplin
b. Hindenburg
c. Goodyear

10. In 1982, Arlene Feldman became the first female to accomplish what feat?

a. To break the sound barrier
b. To be the first female state aeronautics director
c. To win the Reno air races

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