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Trivia Quiz - Mayday! Air and Sea Disasters

A look at some crashes, sinkings and disappearances by some famous and infamous craft.

Quiz Number: 5031
Date Submitted: May 13, 2013
Quiz Categories: What Year Did It Happen?, American Military
Quiz Type: General Quiz
Average Score: 58 percent
Times Taken: 76 times
Taken by Registered Users: 7

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Mayday Air and Sea Disasters
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1. This famous ocean liner, on her maiden voyage, struck an iceberg shortly before midnight and sank just after 2am on April 15, 1912.
  A.   Olympic
  B.   Atlas
  C.   Titanic
  D.   Lusitania

2. Five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers took off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a training mission December 5, 1945. During their flight, they disappeared and were never heard from again. What was the name of the squadron?
  A.   Flight 22
  B.   Flight 19
  C.   Flight 301
  D.   Flight 412

3. This brigantine merchant ship was found in the Atlantic Ocean in 1872, with its cargo and valuables completely untouched and no crew or passengers to be found. Storms and piracy have been ruled out, so there is still no explanation for this 'Ghost Ship'.
  A.   Queen Anne's Revenge
  B.   Carroll A. Deering
  C.   Mary Rose
  D.   Mary Celeste

4. On the afternoon of May 7, 1915, this ocean liner was torpedoed by a german U-Boat and sunk, killing close to 1200 people. Over 100 Americans were lost in the attack, prompting the U.S. to enter WWI.
  A.   The Olympic
  B.   The Titanic
  C.   The Lusitania
  D.   The Queen Mary

5. This German-designed dirigible, made by the Zeppelin comapany, exploded in flames and crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 people on May 6, 1937.
  A.   Graf Zeppelin II
  B.   The Bismark
  C.   The Frankfurt
  D.   The Hindenburg

6. Gary Powers, a CIA reconnaissance pilot, was shot down on May 1, 1960, over Russia. He was captured and created quite a political stir over the incident. What type of aircraft was he flying?
  A.   U71
  B.   U2
  C.   B17
  D.   B52

7. These two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, were both lost on an arctic voyage to locate the Northwest Passage in 1846. Who was in command of the expedition?
  A.   James Cook
  B.   Roald Amundsen
  C.   John Franklin
  D.   Henry Larsen

8. This type of aircraft, flown by Amelia Earhart, disappeared on July 2, 1937 during a global circumnavigation flight.
  A.   Lockheed Electra 10E
  B.   Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra
  C.   PV-1 Ventura
  D.   Lockheed Model 9 Orion

9. On November 10, 1975, this Great Lakes freighter sank in a storm on Lake Superior. The wreck killed all 29 crew aboard and inspired a hit song by Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot.
  A.   SS Henry Steinbrenner
  B.   SS Daniel J. Morrell
  C.   SS Minnow
  D.   SS Edmund Fitzgerald

10. And, just for fun, where did the emergency call 'Mayday' originate?
  A.   From the French 'venez m'aider' ; 'come help me'
  B.   Instituted by Col. John May, USAF in 1925
  C.   International distress call as of May 1, 1927
  D.   Coincided with May Day holidays when first thought of®   

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