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How Much Do You Know About Supersonic Airliners?

With the windowless Spike S-512 and other business SST designs in the news, take a look at first round of commercial SSTs. Take this 9 question quiz and find out how much you know...


  1. 1) Which of these companies didn't participate in the US SST airframe design competition?
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    Awesome! Douglas didn't participate in the US SST airframe competition.

    Incorrect. Douglas didn't participate in the US SST airframe competition.

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  2. 2) In 1963, how large did the FAA estimate that the market for SSTs would be by 1990?

    Awesome!  After the US SST design competition proposals were distributed, the FAA estimated that the market for SSTs would reach 500 by 1990.  Even before a design was chosen, air carrier orders began to flow in.

    Incorrect.  After the US SST design competition proposals were distributed, the FAA estimated that the market for SSTs would reach 500 by 1990.  Even before a design was chosen, air carrier orders began to flow in.

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  3. 3) Which of these wasn't a concern voiced against the US SST?

    Awesome!  "Oil Famine" wasn't a criticism voiced over the program - the others were.

    Incorrect.  "Oil Famine" wasn't a criticism voiced over the program - the others were.

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  4. 4) In May of 1963, Juan Trippe announced PanAm's purchase for options on the:
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    Awesome!  Juan Trippe leaked his order for Concorde option, prompting Boeing SST proponents to ask the US president for $100 million of funding during 1964.

    Incorrect.  Juan Trippe leaked his order for Concorde options, prompting Boeing SST proponents to ask the US president for $100 million of funding during 1964.

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  5. 5) The US House of Representatives cut funding for the Boeing SST in:

    Awesome! In a contentious vote, the US House of Representatives voted to cut funding for the Boeing SST in 1971.

    Incorrect. In a contentious vote, the US House of Representatives voted to cut funding for the Boeing SST in 1971.

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  6. 6) The Seattle SuperSonics were named after the Boeing SST project:

    Awesome!  The team formed in 1967, right after Boeing won the SST project.

    Incorrect. The team formed in 1967, right after Boeing won the SST project.

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  7. 7) The smallest of the three major SST's conceived in the 1960s and 70's was the:

    Awesome!  The Boeing SST planned to carry 277 passengers, the Tu-144 carried 140 passengers, and the Concorde carried 90-120 passengers.

    Incorrect.  The Boeing SST planned to carry 277 passengers, the Tu-144 carried 140 passengers, and the Concorde carried 90-120 passengers.

  8. 8) The first SST to carry passengers in commercial service was the:

    Awesome!  While the Tu-144 went into service before the Concorde, it only carried mail and freight until November, 1977.  The Concorde began scheduled passenger operations on 21 January 1976.

    Incorrect.  While the Tu-144 went into service before the Concorde, it only carried mail and freight until November, 1977.  The Concorde began scheduled passenger operations on 21 January 1976.

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  9. 9) What was the fastest SST to carry passengers in commercial service?

    Awesome!  The Concorde cruised at Mach 2.02 and topped out at Mach 2.04; the Tu-144 cruised at Mach 2.15.

    Incorrect.  The Concorde cruised at Mach 2.02 and topped out at Mach 2.04; the Tu-144 cruised at Mach 2.15.

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