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Quiz: 7 Things Planes Have Dropped

Planes are great at dropping stuff - sometimes intentionally and sometimes unintentionally. How much do you know about dropping stuff off (or out of) planes? Take this quiz and find out...

  1. 1) The Germans only developed one operational long-range bomber during World War II.  Which aircraft is it?

    Awesome! The He-177 Greif (Griffin) was the only operational long-range bomber developed by Germany during WWII. It's tightly fitted engine nacelles cause frequent overheating problems, and crews nicknamed it the "Flaming Coffin."

    Incorrect. The He-177 Greif (Griffin) was the only operational long-range bomber developed by Germany during WWII. It's tightly fitted engine nacelles cause frequent overheating problems, and crews nicknamed it the "Flaming Coffin."

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  2. 2) On October 21st, 2004, a cargo 747-200F dropped an engine into Lake Michigan during a flight from ORD to JFK.  What airline was operating the flight?
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  3. 3) On January 23rd, 1961, a B-52 broke up in mid air over North Carolina, releasing two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs.  Both nearly detonated. On one bomb, only one of four safety switches operated properly, preventing detonation. How big was the bomb?

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  4. 4) On November 20th, 1953, a US Navy P2B (B-29) dropped Scott Crossfield over the Mjoave desert at 32,000'. After lighting his rocket, Crossfield climbed to 72,000', nosed over into a shallow dive, and hit Mach 2.005 - the first aircraft to reach Mach 2.  What plane was Crossfield flying?

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  5. 5) On October 3rd, 1967, William "Pete" Knight set a manned aircraft speed record in the X-15, reaching 4,519 mph (7,273 km/h) at an altitude of 19.3 miles (31.1 km).  What aircraft dropped the X-15?

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  6. 6) On August 9th, 1945, a B-29 under the command of Major Charles Sweeney dropped the "Fat Man" nuclear weapon over Nagasaki, Japan.  What was the B-29 named?

    Awesome! The B-29 was named "Bockscar" after Captain Frederick C Bock - the aircraft's regular commander.

    Incorrect. The B-29 was named "Bockscar" after Captain Frederick C Bock - the aircraft's regular commander.

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  7. 7) Operation Varsity was the largest airborne operation in history conducted on a single day and on one location. How many paratroopers were dropped?
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    Awesome! On March 24th, 1945, troops from the US 17th Airborne Division and British 6th Airborne Division landed in Wesel, Germany.  In total, the operation used 541 transport aircraft carrying airborne troops, plus 1050 troop-carriers towing 1350 gliders.  Over 2150 Allied fighters protected the convoy, which stretched more than 200 miles long.

    Incorrect. On March 24th, 1945, troops from the US 17th Airborne Division and British 6th Airborne Division landed in Wesel, Germany.  In total, the operation used 541 transport aircraft carrying airborne troops, plus 1050 troop-carriers towing 1350 gliders.  Over 2150 Allied fighters protected the convoy, which stretched more than 200 miles long.

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You're Good Enough To Drop a Cessna 172 Off A B-52

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You Should Have Flown The X-15 Off A B-52!

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