7 questions on jet travel


The US show Pan Am has landed on our screens. How much do you know about the early age of air travel?

Pan Am

1.) Multiple Choice Question

British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) launched the world's first jet-powered passenger service in 1952. It flew from London to where?

  1. Johannesburg
  2. New York
  3. Cairo

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Boeing 747s revolutionised long-distance air travel. Which aviation figure introduced them to the commercial market?

Jumbo Jet
  1. Juan Trippe
  2. Geoffrey de Havilland
  3. Frank Whittle

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Sir Frank Whittle invented the jet engine. The Coventry-born engineer first tested it in the air on 5 May 1941. What is the name of the plane the jet engine was fitted in?

Sir Frank Whittle
  1. Pioneer
  2. Eagle
  3. Boom Boom

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Who is widely believed to have popularised the phrase "jet set"?

Plane in the sky
  1. Film director Federico Fellini
  2. Former First Lady Jackie Kennedy
  3. US gossip columnist Igor Cassini

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Stewardesses - later flight attendants - have long been a feature on commercial flights. But the occupation goes back to the 1930s. What experience did the early stewardesses need to have?

  1. Nursing
  2. Home economics
  3. Modelling

6.) Multiple Choice Question

In 1987, British Airways scored a first for the company. What was it?

BA plane
  1. It took on its first female pilot
  2. It dropped the union jack from its tail-fin
  3. It introduced its famous World's Favourite Airline slogan

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Sci-fi film Blade Runner - staring Daryl Hannah and Rutger Hauer - featured Pan Am ads on hoardings that littered the film's cityscape. How many years were there between the company's financial collapse and the film's setting in 2019?

Hannah and Hauer
  1. 18
  2. 28
  3. 38


  1. It was Johannesburg. BOAC's G-ALYP took off from London on 2 May carrying 36 passengers. The nearly 7,000-mile trip allowed for five stops at Rome, Beirut, Khartoum, Entebbe and Livingstone.
  2. It was Pan Am's Juan Trippe. In 1965, Trippe asked a friend at Boeing to design an aircraft that was much larger than the existing 707. The first 747 to ferry customers was named the Trippe.
  3. It was called the Pioneer. Like George Stephenson before him, Whittle's invention changed the way the world travelled.
  4. It was popularised by US gossip columnist Igor Cassini, although it had been used before. He used it to described the global movements of what had been "cafe society". Federico Fellini captured their lifestyle in his film La Dolce Vita, released in 1960.
  5. It was nursing. Ellen Church pioneered sky jobs for women in the 1930s. The former nurse was taken on by British Air Transport (BAT).
  6. Captain Lynn Barton become BA's first woman pilot in 1987. She also made the headlines when she piloted the first flight into Heathrow's Terminal 5 in 2008. The company's slogan was introduced in 1983 and the traditional union jack was dropped in 1997.
  7. It's 28 - Pan Am financially collapsed on 4 December 1991. Blade Runner was the story of a policeman on the trail of four murderous genetically engineered androids.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Grounded

4 - 6 : Seat belt fastened

7 - 7 : Lift-off

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