Flight Quiz #3

The United States Airmail Service
1. The suicide club was the name that pilots gave to the...
a) first airmail service.
b) first group of pilots that flew the mail at night.
c) first stunt flying club.
d) members of the Japanese kamikaze squadrons.

2. The term "iron compass" refers to...
a) the heavy, unbreakable compass used by pilots in World War I.
b) railroad tracks.
c) magnetic north.

3. The U. S. Post Office Department's Air Mail Service was established in...
a) 1921.
b) 1926.
c) 1918.

4. At one time, Charles Lindbergh was an airmail pilot.
a) true
b) false

5. The Northrop Alpha (1928) pioneered the first all-weather coast-to-coast mail flights.
a) true
b) false

6. In the beginning years of the U.S. airmail service, loads were larger than predicted because of...
a) unexpected demand.
b) collectors wanting to get postmarked airmail stamps.
c) quantities of government and military mail.

7. In 1934, a Senate investigating committee accused the U.S. Post Office of illegally favoring large airlines with the most profitable mail routes, and President Roosevelt issued a cancellation of the contracts on February 9. At the time, what famous person compared the move to "finding a crooked railroad president, then stopping all of the trains"?
a) Charles Lindbergh
b) Eddie Rickenbacker
c) Will Rogers

8. What is the most valuable American postage stamp?
a) The 1927 Charles Lindbergh stamp.
b) The 1918 inverted Jenny 24-cent stamp.
c) The limited edtition Gettysburg address stamp.

9. Which of the follow is false, concerning the first five years of the U. S. Post Office Department's Air Mail Service?
a) Mileage pay for Post Office's first airmail pilots was 5 to 7 cents a mile, depending on the terrain.
b) The mileage pay was doubled at night.
c) Due to the lack of reliable instruments, there was no night flying.

10. The D.H. 4, originally designed by aviation pioneer Sir Geoffrey de Havilland as a bomber for the British Royal Air Force, was adapted as a mailplane and used by the U.S. Air Mail Service.
a) true
b) false


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