90% of People Can't Name All of These Planes in this Ultimate Airplane Quiz. Can You?

By: Jody Mabry
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From World War II to modern times both civilian and military airplanes have changed significantly. See how many of these planes you can name in this ultimate airplane quiz!

The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk was the first American aircraft to utilize stealth technology. It entered service in 1983 but was only made public in 1988. The Nighthawk saw extensive action during the first Gulf War, flying over 1,300 missions. Although utilizing stealth technology, a Nighthawk was lost to a surface-to-air missile over Yugoslavia in 1999.

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation stealth fighter serving in the U.S. Air Force. Although built for air superiority, it can carry out ground attack duties as well. The Raptor makes use of weapons bays with all payload kept internally until needed.

Designed as a carrier-based fighter and entering service in mid-1945, the Grumman F8F Bearcat saw no action during World War II. The war came to an end before it could be deployed in any large numbers.

First introduced in 1983, the Boeing 757 is a single aisle, narrow configuration medium-range airliner. The 757 comes with two engine configurations - either built by Pratt and Whitney or Rolls Royce. It has a maximum range of around 3,000 miles, depending on payload and engine type.

A wide-bodied, short to medium range airliner, the Airbus A300 was first introduced into service in 1974. It can carry 266 passengers over a maximum range of 4600 miles. Between 1971 and 2007, 561 A300's were built.

Nicknamed "The Fork Tailed Devil" by the German pilots that faced them, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning was a twin-engined aircraft that performed a number of roles. These included bomber escort, interception, level bombing, and dive bombing, as well as photo reconnaissance. The Lightning was exceptionally fast and maneuverable.

A two-seat, variable swept-wing, carried-based fighter in the U.S. Navy, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat began service in 1974 and continued in a front line role ​until 2006. F-14's have seen extensive action, both with the US Navy as well as the Iranian Air Force who received an order of Tomcats in 1976.

The most famous Japanese fighter of World War II, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero was carrier-based, had an incredible range, and was extremely maneuverable. It was far superior to early American aircraft in the Pacific theater, and at one stage had a kill ratio of 12 to 1.

Designed by Jiro Horikoshi who created the legendary A6M Zero, the J2M was designed to be a high-altitude interceptor. It saw action throughout the Pacific but was often dogged by mechanical problems. Later in the war, it was used in its intended role but performed poorly against the high-flying B29 Superfortress bombers of the U.S. Air Force.

Possibly the most famous passenger aircraft in the world, the Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' entered service in 1970. It is easily recognizable thanks to a distinct hump which forms the upper deck behind the cockpit. The 'Jumbo' has served with all the major airlines around the world and is capable of carrying up to 600 passengers (in a high-density economy configuration) over 8,300 miles. As of the end of 2016, more than 1,500 of these aircraft had been manufactured.

The 707 was Boeing's first jet airliner. It was produced from 1958 to 1979 with over 1,000 manufactured during that time. It could carry between 140 to 219 passengers, depending on the configuration chosen. The 707 had a maximum range of 6,500 miles.

One of the most famous aircraft ever designed, the Supermarine Spitfire can easily be recognized by its elliptical wing shape. With over 20,000 Spitfires built during the war, the aircraft was constantly evolving and was able to perform a number of roles, an incredible feat considering it start out life as a fighter only.

The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a twin-engined, carrier-based fighter and an upgrade to the F-18 Hornet. It serves with the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force. It entered service in 1999, and was brought in to replace the aging Grumman F-14 Tomcat.

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, or "Jug" as it was affectionately known by its pilots, was a very versatile aircraft. From escorting bombers over Germany to ground attack missions, the Jug could do it all. It was a massive piece of machinery - when fully loaded with weapons and fuel, it weighed around 8 tons.

An improvement on the Hawker Typhoon, the Tempest was a formidable fighter-bomber as well as a capable interceptor, a role in which its predecessor had failed due to its high-altitude performance limitations.

The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is essentially a carrier-based aircraft with air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities. It was the first aircraft to make use of carbon fiber wings as well as fly-by-wire avionics. The Hornet first saw action in the 1991 Gulf War in both ground attack and air superiority roles.

The BAE Harrier II was the last model in the Harrier family which initially entered service in 1969. This upgraded model was introduced in 1989 with 143 built. The Harrier II is both capable of operating from small airfields and aircraft carriers thanks to its vertical take-off and landing capabilities. It can be used in a number of roles, including close air support.

An obsolete biplane design by the time World War II started, the only Avia BH-33s to see combat belonged to the Yugoslavian Air Force. They were both shot down, with their pilots killed.

The Nakajima Ki-84, codenamed "Frank" by the Allies, was an important fighter to Japan as the war came to an end. It proved to be an excellent interceptor, able to reach the high-flying B29 Superfortress bomber and defend itself from any P51 Mustangs flying fighter escort.

This delta winged multirole fighter was a collaboration between a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy. It was introduced in 2003 and currently serves in eight air forces worldwide. One Typhoon costs around $96 million to produce.

The Antonov An-148 is primarily used as a jet airliner flying regional routes. It entered service in 2009 and can carry between 68 to 85 passengers over a maximum distance of 2,700 miles.

The Fiat G.50 Frecce or "Arrow" was the first Italian monoplane with retractable landing gear and a closed cockpit. It was very maneuverable but was underpowered in terms of weapons, with only two machine guns on board. It served in a number of theaters during World War II.

A Chinese airliner yet to enter service, the Comac C919 will be able to carry up to 174 on regional routes at ranges up to 3,400 miles.

A collaboration between the United Kingdom, Italy, and West Germany, the Panavia Tornado is a true multirole aircraft. It has five variants which include close air support, air defense interceptor, reconnaissance, and maritime attack. This swept-wing aircraft is still in service despite production being stopped in 1998.

The Yakovlev Yak-9 was the most produced Soviet fighter of World War II. It was essentially a lighter version of the Yak-7 and over 16 000 were built. During the Korean War, the Yak-9 was used by the North Korean Air Force.

Entering service in 1983, the Embraer EMB 312 Tucano is a two-seat, single-engined trainer in service with the Brazilian Air Force. It serves a variety of roles, including ground attack, anti-drug surveillance, and border protection. Besides Brazil, it also serves in the French and Argentine Air Force.

A fighter bomber serving in both the Chinese Army and Navy. The Xian JH-7 entered service in 1992.

The Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano is an upgrade on the 312 Tucano. It is capable of higher altitudes and is faster than its predecessor. It mainly serves as a trainer, reconnaissance, on anti-drug patrols, and as a border patrol aircraft in the Brazilian Air Force, its main operator.

The Mikoyan MiG-29K, codenamed 'Fulcrum' by NATO, is a naval version of the Russian air superiority fighter. It is in service with both the Russian and Indian Navy.

The Aermacchi MB-339 is a jet trainer in the Italian Air Force. It first flew in 1976 and served in the Italian, New Zealand, Royal Malaysian, Eritrean and Nigerian Air Forces. The aircraft is still in production and, so far, 230 have been constructed.

A carrier-based strike fighter that served primarily with the French Navy, the Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard retired from operational duties in 2016 after 42 years in service. The aircraft was used in a number of roles, including anti-shipping and reconnaissance. Super Étendards saw action in the Falklands War where Argentinian aircraft managed Exocet missile hits on two British ships. One sank and the other was eventually scuttled.

The Bristol Beaufighter was capable of many roles, from night fighter to ground attack, as well as anti-shipping missions. The last Beaufighters in active service retired from the Australian Air Force in 1960.

A small commuter airliner, the Fairchild-Dornier 328 JET is based on the Dornier 328, an aircraft powered by turboprops. This aircraft mostly operates as a regional jet or commuter airliner. It was produced between 1996 and 2002 with 110 built.

The Sukhoi Su-25, codenamed 'Frogfoot' by NATO, is a close air support attack aircraft that entered service in 1981. This aircraft has seen extensive combat both in Afghanistan in the 1980's and, more recently, Chechnya. In 2013, the Su-25SM3 Grach was introduced. It is a substantial upgrade from previous versions of the 'Frogfoot.' Around 80 of them will be delivered to the Russian Air Force.

A U.S. fighter ordered by Sweden, the Vultee P-66 Vanguard never made it to that Scandinavian country, as at the time of the scheduled delivery in 1941, the U.S. changed their mind about exporting them, preferring to keep them as home defense and as trainers. Some Vanguards did see action in China, but without much success.

Currently under development in Japan, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet is intended to carry between 70 to 90 passengers on short, regional routes. Delivery is scheduled for around the middle of 2020, with airlines in Japan and the USA placing orders.

The Boeing 717, a single-aisle, twin-engine passenger aircraft, began as the McDonnell Douglas DC-9. When Boeing acquired the company in 1997, they rebranded a spin-off of that aircraft, the CD-95, into the 717. The aircraft can carry up to 134 passengers, depending on the seating configuration. It has a range of 2,300 miles.

The BAe Jetstream 41 is a turboprop-powered, 29-seat regional airliner capable of ranges up to around 800 miles. It was introduced into service in 1992 and was manufactured between 1992 and 1997 with 100 built.

The Fairey Fulmar was designed as a carrier-based fighter. It played a role during the battles in the Meditteranean early in the war, but was not agile enough to take on land-based fighters of the Italian and German Air Force. With the arrival of the Supermarine Seafire, the Fulmar become obsolete and from then on was mostly used in a training role.

Built under license by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the Ajeet is based on the Folland Gnat. The Ajeet, which means invincible, is used both as an interceptor and ground attack aircraft. A two-seater version is used as a trainer.

The Boeing P-26 Peashooter was the first American design to be constructed totally out of metal. Although it was designed as a fighter, it was out of date by the time America entered the war.

A narrow-bodied, regional airliner, the Fokker 100 was produced by the Dutch company between 1992 and 1997. It is capable of carrying up to 85 passengers over 2,000 miles.

A multirole aircraft, the Chengdu J-10 is a Chinese design first introduced into service in 2006. It is capable of carrying air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles as well as a range of bombs. The J-10 is only operated by the Chinese Air Force.

Made by Canadian manufacturer, Bombardier, the CSeries is a narrow-bodied twin-engine regional airliner. It was intentionally built for the 100 to 150 passenger aviation market. The CSeries comprise two aircraft - the CS100 and CS300. Both have single aisle interiors and are designed with passenger comfort in mind.

A Czech-designed four-seater, the Zlín Z-143 is a light aircraft with a low wing monoplane design. This aircraft has seen operational action with the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group in Sri Lanka. They used it as an attack aircraft, as well as on a suicide mission in which a Z-143 was flown into the building of the Sri Lanka Inland Revenue Department.

A biplane of Czechoslovakian origin, Avia B-534 was largely outdated by the time the World War II started.

A joint Italian-Brazilian collaboration, the AMX International AMX has multiple roles in both air forces. It is primarily a ground attack aircraft providing close air support but can also be used for reconnaissance. It entered service in 1989.

A wide-bodied, four-engine, long-range airliner or cargo aircraft, the Ilyushin Il-96 first entered service in 1992. It currently serves with a number of Russian airlines, as well as Cuba.

A French fighter that never saw combat, the Arsenal VG-33 was in production at the start of World War II, but France fell to the Germans before it reached the front line.

A product of Argentina, the FMA IA 63 Pampa operates as a two-seat trainer but can also be used as a light attack aircraft. It was designed with the help of the German company, Dornier, and first entered service in 1988.

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