On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright made the world’s first successful flight in a powered heavier-than-air flying machine. Points for knowing that? ZERO. What do you get for knowing that the Bell X-1 became the first airplane to fly faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947? NOTHING. This is our most brutal quiz so far, people. Only the most knowledgeable will survive. Think you’re an aviation trivia expert? Prove it by answering 10 questions.
Sources: The terrific book 1001 Aviation Facts: Amazing and Little-known Information About All Aspects of Aviation, edited by Mike Machat (Specialty Press, 2017); Medical Support of the Army Air Forces in World War II by Mae Mills Link and Hubert A. Coleman (1955); the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.