Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Aviation Quiz

How many of these aircraft names and/or nicknames can you identify?

1. Jug

2. Bamboo Bomber

3. Forked Tail Devil

4. Spam Can

5. Champ

6. Voyager (3 possible answers)

Like previous quizzes, put your answers in the comments below.

These are pretty easy, as I thought I'd go easy on you at first!!


At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 10:53:00 AM, Anonymous Mike in San Jose said...

1. Jug, P-47 thunderbolt
2. Bamboo Bomber, I think this was the Mosquito
3. Forked Tail Devil, P-38 Lightning
6. a Space Shuttle Voyager
b The plane that flew nonstop around the world.

4 and 5 I have no idea

At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 11:48:00 AM, Blogger Cowboy Blob said...

1. Jug = P47

2. Bamboo Bomber = Betty?

3. Forked Tail Devil = P-38

4. Spam Can = ?

5. Champ = One of Doolittle's racing planes?

6. Voyager = Rutan's world-spanning plane + deep space probe (V'Ger)...there is no shuttle Voyager

At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 11:58:00 AM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

Both of you got #1 as a P47.

Two good guesses for #2, but both wrong!

#3 is the P38 Lightning.

#5, one of Doolittle's racers? I don't THINK so, but if he did name one that, then there's two answers for #5.

Including the space probe, there are three possible answers for #6; Rutan's Round-The-World craft, and the space probe would be the first two......

At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 7:39:00 PM, Anonymous AughtSix said...

#2 Cessna T-50

#4 This P51D?

#5 The trainer that isn't the Cub? Aeroenca, or something?

#6 The Star Trek ship, but that's stretching it.

At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 7:59:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

Yep, #2 is the Cessna T-50. It had nothing to do with bamboo, and wasn't a bomber, either! It looked like a shrunk DC-3. Cessna didn't build a lot of low wing twins.

I did not know tha there had been a P51 nose-art named as "Spam Can", so that counts as a right answer for sure. There's one more answer though for #4. (It's kind of a trick question).

#5: The Aeronca Champ, very similar to the J3 Cub, but Champ owners considered it a better airplane. Damiphino (a regular commenter) used to own one. His dad owned a fine example of #6.

..... Mr. C.

At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 9:03:00 PM, Blogger Fodder said...

# 4. The Mecury Program "Spam in the Can" astronaught vehicles.

At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 10:31:00 PM, Anonymous steveH said...

1. P-47 Thunderbolt

2. Cessna T-50 "Bobcat" multi-engine trainer

3. P-38 Lightning

4. Actually, this could refer to any number of civilian single-engine types. Cessna 172/Piper Cherokee 140/etc.

5. Aeronca 7AC. I flew a '46 7AC from Pope Valley, CA (east of Napa) to Beck's Grove, NY (near Utica) in 1970. No lights, no radio, no problem. Took us three days.

6. Ummm.......I'll pick the one designed by Burt Rutan to fly around the world, nonstop without refueling. Flown by Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager.

That was fun.

At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 8:22:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

It looks like you got most of them! The term "Spam Can" usually refers to just about any of the high wing all metal Cessnas. If you look at the fuselage cross section you can see where the term came from. My first airplane was a Cessna 150D, and yes, it got called a spam can on occasion!

The answer I was seeking for "Voyager" was the Stinson Voyager, the first light aircraft I got a ride in, in Death Valley, of all places. A wonderful airplane.

...... Mr. C.

At Thursday, October 26, 2006 6:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. C,

The first thing I thought of when I saw "Jug" was an aircraft engine cylinder (that is it's nickname, you know!) - Then figured out what you were going for - the "Jug" was the P-47 Thunderbolt, called that nickname from its having the appearance of a milkjug when it's maingear mired in the English sod upon landing and it stood on its nose!


At Thursday, October 26, 2006 9:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI, the "bamboo bomber" was so named because it had a wooden wing spar.


At Saturday, October 28, 2006 10:24:00 PM, Anonymous steveH said...

The Stinson Voyager is a lovely bird.

A local airport here had a Stinson SR9 Reliant for a while. Better than factory new, too.



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