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Not the best quiz out there, but fun none the less:
 
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/blink/hang/a-quiz-on-warbirds/article7919604.ece

 

It's from an Indian business newspaper called The Hindu Business Line.  I got 7 - I missed #1, #6 and #10.

 

  • On April 1, 1915, a French pilot shot down an enemy aircraft for the first time through a tractor propeller. He achieved three more wins before being shot down in 1918. Who was he?
  • Most stories about the legendary Battle of Britain centre around the Supermarine Spitfire, one of the most beautiful and effective fighters ever built. But which other British fighter aircraft accounted for over 60 per cent of German casualties during the battle?
  • The B-26 Marauder, a World War II bomber, and the ’60s American fighter F-104 Starfighter both have an unfortunate two-word epithet associated with them. What is that?
  • What does the West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding have in common with the Chance Vought F4U Corsair, one of the most successful fighters of World War II, and the British twin-engine fighter Bristol Beaufighter?
  • The most successful ace in the history of military aviation was a German pilot who was known either as the Blonde Knight or the Black Devil by the Soviet pilots. Name this pilot who had 352 kills in WW II?
  • Group Captain Douglas Bader is credited with 20 aerial victories and was one of the few British pilots to win the Order of the British Empire and the Distinguished Flying Cross. What made his achievements unique?
  • Count Francesco Baracca was Italy’s top ace of the World War I with 34 credited victories. What is his claim to fame in corporate history?
  • The Messerschmitt 163 Komet came into World War II late; though 300 of them were made, it proved ineffective against allied aircraft. What was unique about this fighter plane?
  • Top Gun was one of the first films that made heroes out of fighter pilots. In the film, Tom Cruise and his squadron squared off against Soviet MiG 28 aircraft. What was the crucial mistake in the military action?
  • In the ’50s, Teddy Petter designed a lightweight British fighter that never saw mainstream service. But, in the ’60s, it became a mainstay of the Indian Air Force. Which plane did Petter design?

 

The answers:

 

 

 

  • Roland Garros. Also an enthusiastic tennis player, the stadium for the French Open is named after him
  • The Hawker Hurricane. More than 14,000 were built during World War II
  • Both were referred to as ‘Widow Makers’ by their pilots because of their high accident rates
  • All three were nicknamed ‘Whispering Death.’ Holding for his smooth and quiet approach to the wicket, and the Corsair and Beaufighter for their phenomenal strike rates
  • Erich Hartmann, one of the few German aces to survive the war
  • He lost both legs to a flying accident in 1931, and made all his kills as a double amputee
  • The prancing horse logo adopted by Ferrari was his personal logo
  • It was the first rocket-powered combat aircraft. Though capable of amazing speeds, it had a combat radius of less than 100 km, giving very little air time
  • MiG fighter planes were always denoted by odd numbers 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 27, 29 and 31
  • The Folland Gnat, which chalked many impressive victories against the Sabre in the 1965 Indo-Pak war

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Missed #7 and #10  It always made me laugh that they explained the history of Roland Garros each year at the French Open Tennis tournament (guess who the facility was named for?)    I had the Corsair nickname as the "Whistling Death" and I had also seen "Angel of Okinawa" though I never knew anyone to actually refer to the plane by those names. It was typically "bent wing bird" or that #$%ing hydraulic nightmare sitting over there in the corner of the hangar.  The guns cocked hydraulically, really? sheeesh..... and according to the old CV guy working on it, had 14 hyd  sequence valves. Incredible. The only thing I remember about it was no deck under your seat. My keys fell out of my pocket and they went down into the wingbox. Brilliant.

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It was typically "bent wing bird" or that #$%ing hydraulic nightmare sitting over there in the corner of the hangar.  The guns cocked hydraulically, really? sheeesh..... and according to the old CV guy working on it, had 14 hyd  sequence valves. Incredible. The only thing I remember about it was no deck under your seat. My keys fell out of my pocket and they went down into the wingbox. Brilliant.

 

That's amazing!

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Got 7, missed 4, 9 & 10

 

I knew the Corsair's knick name and could have guessed that the bowler had the same name, but I never heard before that the Beaufighter had that name also, so that threw me

 

Didn't quite understand the question correctly on 9, I thought they meant for you to state what the mistake one side or the other made in their actions in the dogfight.  As for the answer they listed, I wouldn't consider that a mistake as such because my opinion is that the movie makers did that intentionally for whatever reasons.....liability or trying not to directly offend anybody who had lawyers.

 

As for 10 I've never heard of it and never would have guessed it.  I guessed a Hawker type.  If I had seen that plane, though, I would have mistaken it for a North American F5 series, due to my extensive ignorance concerning most jets.

 

Number 7 is pretty famous to WWI buffs, but did you know that the same "claim to fame" also appears on a GERMAN corporation product?  Name it....

 

Answer

 

In engineering, hydraulic systems, in terms of energy transfer or "work", are 100% efficient.  I don't believe any other type of system can claim that.

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Not the best quiz out there, but fun none the less:

 

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/blink/hang/a-quiz-on-warbirds/article7919604.ece

 

It's from an Indian business newspaper called The Hindu Business Line.  I got 7 - I missed #1, #6 and #10.

 

  • On April 1, 1915, a French pilot shot down an enemy aircraft for the first time through a tractor propeller. He achieved three more wins before being shot down in 1918. Who was he?

 

 1918?

 

Wikipedia:

"On 18 April 1915, either Garros's fuel line clogged or, by other accounts, his aircraft was downed by ground fire,[7] and he glided to a landing on the German side of the lines. Garros failed to destroy his aircraft completely before being taken prisoner: most significantly, the gun and armoured propeller remained intact. Legend has it that after examining the plane, German aircraft engineers, led by Fokker, designed the improved interrupter gear system. In fact the work on Fokker's system had been going for at least six months before Garros's aircraft fell into their hands. With the advent of the interrupter gear the tables were turned on the Allies, with Fokker's planes shooting down many Allied aircraft, leading to what became known as the Fokker Scourge."

 

Missed 7,9 and 10. (I knew MiG 28 was wrong but never knew they were all odd numbers.)

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Vonrd had the sharp eye and caught the 1918 reference.

 

I remember as a kid reading about Anthony Fokker and there was a description of his inspection of the plane and the plates bolted on the propeller... he was disgusted... it was so crude and he made some comments about the rest of their airplane industry and was generally very snobbish about the whole thing. I think he was really mad at himself for not developing the idea first. <wak>

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