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Trivia Questions

  1. Who was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean?
  2. Who became world-famous in 1909 for making the first airplane flight across the English Channel?
  3. The tallest waterfall in the world is named after which American pilot? (We need just the last name of this pilot.)
  4. Manfred von Richthofen is better known by what name?
  5. Which U.S. president was the first to earn his pilot license?

  6. What was the name of the plane that was flown by Charles Lindbergh on the first ever solo nonstop transatlantic flight from Long Island, New York, to Paris, France?
  7. Where did German pilot Mathias Rust land close to on on 28 May 1987?
  8. Which rugby player was also a Royal Air Force pilot when he played in 85 internationals between 1984 and 1996?
  9. Name the pilot who landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan in 2009 after both engines were disabled by a bird strike?
  10. Which pioneering English pilot who was the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia?
  11. United States Air Force pilot Chuck Yeager became the first pilot in history to do what in 1947?
  12. The book and film, Reach for the Sky, chronicled the life and RAF career of which pilot?
  13. Which American businessman, investor, record-setting pilot and engineer is associated with the construction of the eight-engine seaplane the "Spruce Goose"?
  14. What were the first names of the two Wright brothers, who built the world's first successful motor-operated airplane?
  15. Name the pilot who flew the Enola Gay when it dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare?
  16. Which French brothers are known historically as inventors of the hot air balloon which in 1783 made the first confirmed piloted ascent by man?
  17. Can you name the two British aviators who made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919?
  18. How far did Orville Wright travel in the first ever controlled, sustained flight in a powered airplane on December 17, 1903: 40 feet, 120 feet, 360 feet?
  19. Pilot Lawrence Sperry and socialite Dorothy Sims became the first authenticated members of which club in a flying boat with autopilot on November 21, 1916?
  20. In WW2 what device linked members of the Caterpillar club?
  21. Lord Clydesdale in a Westland PV-3 and David McIntyre in a Westland PV-6, were the first to fly over where on April 3, 1933?
  22. In which decade did Bonnie Tiburzi become the first female pilot for a major U.S. airline?
  23. Can you name the first woman to have flown in space with a solo mission? It was on Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963, when she orbited the Earth 48 times.
  24. Lieutenant Commander Edward O'Hare became the US Navy's first fighter ace in 1942 when he single-handedly attacked a formation of nine heavy bombers approaching his aircraft carrier. In 1949 the airport in which American city was named after him?
  25. Which British writer whose books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide was a wartime fighter pilot, rising to the rank of acting wing commander?


  1. Amelia Earhart
  2. Louis Bleriot
  3. Jimmie Angel (the Angel Falls in Venezuela)
  4. The Red Baron (German Air Force fighter ace in World War I)
  5. Dwight Eisenhower
  6. The Spirit of St. Louis
  7. Red Square in Moscow
  8. Rory Underwood
  9. Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III
  10. Amy Johnson
  11. Break the sound barrier
  12. Douglas Bader
  13. Howard Hughes
  14. Orville and Wilbur
  15. Paul Tibbets
  16. The Montgolfier brother

  17. Alcock and Brown (John Alcock and Arthur Brown)
  18. 120 feet
  19. The Mile High Club
  20. Parachutes (all members had their lives saved by parachutes)
  21. Mount Everest (during their Houston–Mount Everest flight expedition)
  22. 1970s (1973)
  23. Valentina Tereshkova
  24. Chicago (O'Hare International Airport)
  25. Roald Dahl