back to top

This Postwar RAF Planes Quiz Is As Nerdy As It's Possible To Be

See if you can tell your Hunters from your Buccaneers. Warning: extreme nerdiness.

Posted on
  1. 1. Which of these is the Hawker Hunter?

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The other one is the Supermarine Swift.

    The Hunter, in various versions, flew as a combat aircraft with the RAF from 1954 to 1971, but remained in service in other air forces as late as 2014.

  2. 2. What plane is this?

    Blackburn Buccaneer
    BAe Hawk
    Hawker Siddley Kestrel
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the Buccaneer.

    It came into service in 1962, designed to attack Soviet ships by flying too low for them to detect on radar.

    It's the Buccaneer.
  3. 3. Which of these is the Handley Page Victor?

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The other two, from left to right, are the Avro Vulcan and the Vickers Valiant.

    The "V-bombers" carried Britain's nuclear weapons in the 1950s and 1960s.

    The other two, from left to right, are the Avro Vulcan and the Vickers Valiant.
    Via Flickr: ajw1970
  4. 4. What plane is this?

    North American Sabre
    English Electric Canberra
    English Electric Lightning
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the Lightning.

    A high-altitude interceptor which flew with the RAF from 1959 to 1988. Still the only entirely British-made fighter to fly more than twice the speed of sound.

    It's the Lightning.
    Via en.wikipedia.org
  5. 5. Which of these is the Panavia Tornado?

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The other two, from left to right, are the General Electric F-111 Aardvark, and the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, both American aircraft.

    The Tornado was built by a consortium from West Germany, Britain and Italy, and entered service in 1979. It was originally a ground-attack aircraft; later, an interceptor model was introduced.

    The other two, from left to right, are the General Electric F-111 Aardvark, and the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, both American aircraft.
    Via en.wikipedia.org
  6. 6. Which of these is the de Havilland Sea Vixen?

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The other two, from left to right, are the de Havilland Vampire and the de Havilland Venom.

    It was a carrier-based fighter which flew from 1959 to 1972. It's cheating slightly to include it in an RAF quiz, since it flew with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm, but it's so beautiful we decided to anyway.

    The other two, from left to right, are the de Havilland Vampire and the de Havilland Venom.
    Via en.wikipedia.org
  7. 7. Which of these is the British Aerospace Harrier GR7?

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The other is the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom, an American-built fighter that flew with the RAF for many years.

    Various versions of the Harrier jump jet flew with the RAF and Royal Navy between 1969 and its controversial retirement in 2011.

    The other is the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom, an American-built fighter that flew with the RAF for many years.
    Via en.wikipedia.org
  8. 8. What plane is this?

    Folland Gnat
    SEPECAT Jaguar
    Gloster Javelin
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the Jaguar.

    It was a low-level attack aircraft designed and built in collaboration by French and British companies.

    It's the Jaguar.
    Via en.wikipedia.org
  9. 9. Which of these is the Eurofighter Typhoon?

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The other two are, from left to right, a Dassault Mirage 4000 and the Saab Viggen.

    The Typhoon is a highly versatile, highly manoeuvrable fighter, which came into service in 2003. It's stretching things to call it a "Cold War" aircraft, but since its design began in the 1970s it felt permissible.

    The other two are, from left to right, a Dassault Mirage 4000 and the Saab Viggen.
    Via en.wikipedia.org
  10. 10. Which of these is the Hawker Siddley Nimrod?

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The other two, from left to right, are the Avro Shackleton and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.

    The Nimrod was an anti-submarine aircraft that flew from 1969 to 2011.

This Postwar RAF Planes Quiz Is As Nerdy As It's Possible To Be

Hey ho. Rank: Officer Cadet

Look, there's no shame in this – it's a seriously difficult quiz designed exclusively for nerds. But maybe steer clear of places where you might accidentally shoot down a Soviet transport plane and start World War Three.

Hey ho. Rank: Officer Cadet
Take quizzes and chill with the BuzzFeed app.
Get the app
Not bad! Rank: Flying Officer

You're not exactly a fighter ace, but nor would you be shot down over the Suez and cause an international incident.

Not bad! Rank: Flying Officer
Take quizzes and chill with the BuzzFeed app.
Get the app
Nice! Rank: Squadron Leader

This was a seriously difficult quiz, and it's impressive to get above half marks. You'd be happy flying intercept missions against Tupolev bombers over the North Sea.

Nice! Rank: Squadron Leader
Take quizzes and chill with the BuzzFeed app.
Get the app
Amazing! Rank: Group Captain

You would have been at home in any theatre of war from Korea to the Falklands.

Amazing! Rank: Group Captain
Take quizzes and chill with the BuzzFeed app.
Get the app
Full marks! Rank: Air Chief Marshal

It wouldn't be 100% surprising to learn you'd personally planned the Vulcan raid on Port Stanley.

Full marks! Rank: Air Chief Marshal
Take quizzes and chill with the BuzzFeed app.
Get the app

Tom Chivers is a science writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

Contact Tom Chivers at tom.chivers@buzzfeed.com.

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.