Air & Space Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Airline History


Who was the world’s first airplane passenger? The honor goes to Charles Furnas, a mechanic who was taken aloft by Wilbur Wright on May 14, 1908. “It was a good start and an easy landing,” noted Wilbur. The first scheduled commercial flight with a paying passenger happened six years later—and commercial aviation was born.

We’ve turned to Daniel L. Rust’s fine book, Flying Across America: The Airline Passenger Experience (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009), for today’s quiz. Trace the evolution of commercial air travel in the following 10 questions, and then test your friends.

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