Air-brained Quiz

A bumper Christ­mas Quiz to counter the tur­key malaise

Pilot - - CONTENTS - By James Al­lan

1 The first per­son ever to set foot in the USA af­ter fly­ing across the At­lantic didn’t sim­ply step out of the air­craft onto the ground. How did he ar­rive? a car­ried on a stretcher from a crashed air­craft b landed by para­chute c af­ter ditch­ing close to a beach, swam ashore d fer­ried ashore by ten­der from his fly­ing boat 2 Which two UK aero­dromes were linked by the first of­fi­cial reg­u­lar in­ter­nal air­mail ser­vice op­er­at­ing within the British Isles? a Lon­don (Croy­don) and Aberdeen (Dyce) b Belfast (Nutts Cor­ner) and Glas­gow (Ren­frew) c Lon­don (Croy­don) and Liver­pool (Speke) d In­ver­ness (Long­man) and Kirk­wall (Orkney) e Manch­ester (Bar­ton) and Ed­in­burgh (Turn­house) 3 Of what na­tion­al­ity was the high­est-scor­ing fighter pi­lot in the his­tory of ae­rial war­fare? a Ja­pa­nese b Amer­i­can c Ger­man d British e Ital­ian f French 4 Which of these Amer­i­can WWII war­planes was pro­duced in the great­est num­ber? a Vought F-4U Cor­sair b North Amer­i­can P-51 Mus­tang c Boe­ing B-17 Fly­ing Fortress d Repub­lic P-47 Thun­der­bolt e Con­sol­i­dated B-24 Lib­er­a­tor f Lock­heed P-38 Light­ning 5 What term is used to de­scribe the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the vol­umes of space in a cylin­der of an in­ter­nal com­bus­tion aero-en­gine (i) when the pis­ton is at the top of the stroke (TDC), and (ii) when it is at the bot­tom of the stroke (BDC)? a swept vol­ume b com­pres­sion ra­tio c in­duc­tion stroke d cu­bic ca­pac­ity 6 Af­ter WWII, Ger­man air­craft com­pa­nies Messer­schmitt and Heinkel pro­duced small ‘bub­ble cars’ – with lim­ited suc­cess; in Bri­tain the Bris­tol Aero­plane Com­pany had ear­lier started to build its range of beau­ti­ful lux­ury cars. In 1946 a well-known Amer­i­can light air­craft man­u­fac­turer also tried to en­ter the au­to­mo­bile busi­ness with this car, which never matched the suc­cess of its air­craft. Which com­pany? a Piper b Beechcraft c Rock­well d Cessna e Mooney 7 In the 1960s Bill Lear of Lear Jet fame was in­volved with a prod­uct which failed to share the suc­cess of his ex­ec­u­tive jet air­craft. Which prod­uct? a a cord­less vac­uum cleaner b the Be­ta­max video recorder c a mi­crowave oven based on air­craft radar sets d the 8-track mu­sic tape recorder e bat­tery-pow­ered nose­wheel for light air­craft, en­abling taxy­ing with­out en­gine power 8 To which type of air­borne equip­ment are air­craft an­ten­nas like this con­nected? a VHF trans­ceiver b ADS-B re­ceiver c GPS mov­ing map d Radar mon­i­tor dis­play 9 The treads of air­craft tyres of­ten wear be­low lim­its due to hard brak­ing, fast cor­ner­ing etc long be­fore the side­walls and car­cass are un­fit for fur­ther use. What hap­pens to such tyres? a they must be scrapped; re­tread­ing of air­craft tyres is not per­mit­ted b air­liner tyres are never re­treaded but GA air­craft tyres may be c pro­vided the tyre is not be­yond its max­i­mum age limit, all air­craft tyres may be re­treaded d re­tread­ing is per­mit­ted un­less the POH, op­er­a­tor’s or other reg­u­la­tions for­bid it, the tyre car­cass is dam­aged, or has al­ready been re­treaded the max­i­mum num­ber of times laid down by man­u­fac­turer, op­er­a­tor or other au­thor­ity

11 Many air­craft have mem­o­rable names such as Con­corde, Spit­fire, Con­stel­la­tion, Bo­nanza etc but avi­a­tion buffs gen­er­ally re­fer to many other types sim­ply by num­bers. Which air­craft come to your mind when you see the fol­low­ing num­bers? a 52 c 319 e 144 b 152 d 777 f 1049

12 The hours of avail­abil­ity of many aero­dromes are gov­erned by the move­ment of the sun since they are based on times of sun­rise and sun­set. The op­er­a­tional hours of one li­censed UK aero­drome are also gov­erned by the move­ment of the moon. Which aero­drome and why? 13 Many pubs and inns in the UK are named af­ter air­craft. Bomber names in­clude the Fly­ing Fortress pub in Bury St Ed­munds, the Vul­can in Merthyr Tyd­fil and sev­eral Welling­ton Inns (e.g. in Malvern). The Ra­mada Comet in Hat­field com­mem­o­rates the DH88, win­ner of the 1934 Eng­land to Aus­tralia air race, rather than de Hav­il­land’s DH106 jet air­liner. There are dozens of Spit­fire pubs, and two Premier Inns in Stafford North called Spit­fire and Hur­ri­cane re­spec­tively. You can visit Har­ri­ers (Mer­rie or other) in Peter­bor­ough, Kid­der­min­ster and Cul­lomp­ton. Sadly closed now is the Gipsy Moth in Croy­don but there’s still a Gipsy Moth pub in Selby, and an­other in Green­wich named af­ter Sir Fran­cis Chich­ester’s yacht Gipsy

Moth IV, named in hon­our of the DH60 Gipsy Moth he flew to the An­tipodes. There’s at least one Tiger Moth, in Brick­hill. The only Scot­tish ex­am­ple I know is the Tipsy Nip­per restau­rant at Fife Air­port, Glen­rothes. There's a Dam­busters Inn in Scamp­ton but the Happy Land­ings pub that was in Bris­tol near the old Whitchurch Air­port (with a Bris­tol Beau­fort on its inn sign) is closed.

How­ever, your quiz-mas­ter knows of only one UK pub­lic house that has given its pub name to an air­craft de­sign. Which type of air­craft is that?

14 The ARA Gen­eral Bel­grano was a cruiser of the Ar­gen­tine Navy tor­pe­doed and sunk by HM Sub­ma­rine Con­queror in May 1982 dur­ing the Falk­lands con­flict. This ship had pre­vi­ously sur­vived an at­tack from the air. Of what na­tion­al­ity were the air­craft in­volved in that ear­lier at­tack? a British b Chilean c Brazil­ian d Ja­pa­nese e Amer­i­can f Aus­tralian 15 All of the fol­low­ing well­known peo­ple took off in aero­planes, dis­ap­peared and have never been seen again. In which air­craft types? a Amer­i­can avi­a­trix, Amelia Earhart b British avi­a­trix, Amy John­son c big-band leader, Glenn Miller d pi­o­neer pi­lot, poet and writer, An­toine de Saint-ex­upéry e bal­loon­ist and ad­ven­turer, Steve Fos­sett 16 The Air­bus A380 air­liner, with a 79.8m wing­span, is the world’s largest pas­sen­ger-car­ry­ing aero­plane but is not the largest aero­plane (based on wing­span) ever to have flown. Which two air­craft with larger wing­spans than the A380 have al­ready flown? And which ma­chine with a wing­span even larger than these, may well have flown be­fore you read this Quiz?

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