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TEXAMINATION

1.  What Houston-born aviator and “Spruce Goose” inventor set speed records as a pilot, participating in a crew that cut Charles Lindbergh’s time for crossing the Atlantic by half in 1938?

2.  What Texas inventor flew an "air-ship" on September 20, 1865—almost forty years before the Wright brother's famous flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina?

3.  What Corinth, Texas–born aviator lost control of his Lockheed Orion floatplane near Point Barrow, Alaska, on August 15, 1935, and perished along with his famous passenger, Will Rogers?

4.  An El Paso native did his pilot training at Kelly Field and flew the B-17 Flying Fortress on 89 combat missions in the South Pacific before creating one of the most beloved sci-fi TV (and later movie) series of all times. Who was he?

5.  Following World War II, this Gonzales-born pilot founded the Sky Ranch Flying Service in South Houston, which served as an airport for the segregated black community and provided instruction to veterans interested in flying.

6.  Known as the “Flying Schoolgirl,” this aviatrix opened a flight school in San Antonio; was the first person to fly an airplane at night; the first pilot to do night skywriting; the first woman to fly in the Orient; and the first woman to be commissioned as a mail pilot. Who was she?

7.  Dusty, the main character in the Walt Disney movie “Planes”, was modeled after what aircraft manufactured in Olney, Texas?

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8. What two Texas aviation pioneers perished in the January 10, 1954, crash of a private aircraft in Louisiana?

9.  What Fort Worth native, with one co-pilot, established a record-setting around-the-globe flight in 1986—9 days, 3 minutes, and 44 seconds—with no stops for refueling?

10.  In January 2009 a cool-headed pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 guided his damaged aircraft to an emergency landing in the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew. Who was he, and where was he born?

11.  Tom Landry is universally known—and lauded—as the longtime, beloved coach of the Dallas Cowboys football team. But what World War II military service prepared him for his leadership skills on the gridiron?

12.  Two world-famous pioneer aviators of the 1920s-1930s - one male, one female - survived non-fatal crashes in Texas. Who were they?

13.  Three U.S. presidents have been airplane pilots; all were Texans. Name all three!

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