The Post Quiz: Those Magnificent Men (and Women) in Their Flying Machines

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The Post Quiz: Those Magnificent Men (and Women) in Their Flying Machines

Aircraft on runway of Compton Abbas

Florida Sailor has told us about his first adventure in flying. Bob Stafford has told us about Compton Abbas. Lots of Researchers have told us what they like, and don't like, about flying.

In this quiz, test your knowledge of great flying pioneers from the Edited Guide.

  1. We all know that Amelia Earhart, the great flyer (called an 'aviatrix' by those sexists back then), went missing. But who went missing with her?
  2. Speaking of the golden age of aviation, one of its greatest navigators was Harold Gatty. Where was Gatty from?
  3. Famous aviatrix (that word again!) Jean Batten was called 'the Garbo of the skies'. Where did she hail from?
  4. What former German cavalryman made it possible for more than 34,000 passngers to travel a total of 170,000 miles by air before the First World War?
  5. What did the first Englishman to achieve sustained powered flight have in common with Buffalo Bill?
  6. Name the famous son of the Mayor (no, not Sheriff) of Nottingham who grew up to become a great fighter ace in World War I.
  7. 'I fell in love with her the moment I was introduced. I was captivated by her sheer beauty; she was slimly built with a beautifully proportioned body and graceful curves just where they should be.' Identify the object of Lord Balfour's affections.
  8. What distinction was held by Captain Tim Lancaster of British Airways?
  9. What is the airplane-related connection between John Glennon Kriegshauser of Missouri, USA, and the city of Sheffield?
  10. The Gesta Regum Anglorum is an ancient history book – so of course we believe it. According to this book by William of Malmesbury, what Guinness-worthy first was accomplished by Eilmer of Malmesbury? (Remember the subject of this quiz.)

Think you're ready to earn your wings? Click on the Flying Fortress to navigate your way to some answers.

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