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Aviation Firsts

Quiz Questions: flying achievements and landmarks

  1. In 1783, three animal became the first animals to fly in a balloon when sent on a flight by the Montgolfier brothers: a duck, a rooster, and what sort of other animal given the name Montauciel?
  2. The Wright brothers made the first flight by a heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk in which U.S. state?
  3. Which Frenchman became the first aviator to fly across the English Channel in 1909?
  4. In 1912 Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel but this accomplishment received little media attention. Why?

  5. Flying in a Vickers Vimy aircraft, name the two aviators that were first to fly non-stop across the Atlantic, from Newfoundland to Ireland?
  6. Where did Richard E. Byrd fly across and back in 1926?
  7. What was the name of the monoplane that was flown by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 on the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight? The flight was from Long Island, New York to Paris.
  8. Which pioneering English pilot was the first female to fly solo from London to Australia?
  9. In 1932, who became the first woman to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean? This flight was from Canada to Ireland.
  10. What was the last name of Igor, who piloted and designed the first helicopter flight in the USA?
  11. In 1947, jet pioneer Chuck Yeager became the first man to do what?
  12. Which make of de Havilland aircraft entered service with BOAC in May 1952 to become the first commercial jet airliner?
  13. Who, in 1961, became the first human being to travel into space?
  14. True or false? The fastest ever flight between New York and London was recorded in 1996 by Concorde in three hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds?


  1. A sheep
  2. North Carolina
  3. Louis Bleriot
  4. The sinking of the Titanic the day before dominated the news
  5. John Alcock and Arthur Brown
  6. The North Pole
  7. The Spirit of St. Louis
  8. Amy Johnson
  9. Amelia Earhart
  10. Sikorsky
  11. Break the sound barrier (flying at 800mph)
  12. Comet
  13. Yuri Gagarin (on Vostok 1)
  14. False (the time this flight took to break the record was 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds)