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What is AviaQuiz?
|AviaQuiz is a free, online, "name that plane" quiz brought to you by Dauntless Aviation.Every three days, AviaQuiz shows a new image which shows part orall of an aircraft. You are invited to guess at the aircraft. After FIVE days, the correct answer is revealed and a newimage is made available. AviaQuiz keeps track of monthly and all-time top scores and awards virtual 'medals' for success.|
May I use outside materials to help me arrive at the correct answer?
|Yes! You are welcome to use whatever outside sources you can find to help you find the right answer, including books, websites, and more. That's really the whole point of this - to help you broaden your knowledge and love of aircraft. Who knows what interesting aircraft, stories, and websites you might run into, even if you don't happen to find the correct answer. |
The quiz image is very difficult.
|Hey, that's not a question! But, yes, many of the quiz aircraft are quite difficult indeed. This is supposed to be a quiz that's tough even for people who already know quite a lot about different aircraft. In this sense, consider this a real "top gun" challenege for aircraft identification, and a great learning opportunity.|
I am an unstable idiot.
| Occasionally, we get contacted by idiots who play AviaQuiz. This little gem, by Bill is a good example: |
| Oh P-L-E-A-S-E, |
What sort of a quiz are you running? (this is a rhetorical question - it is obvious!)
For your elucidation, NASA has never built any aircraft (no more than the USAF,the RAF or United Airlines!), least of all the X-31.
It was built by Rockwell-MBB.
It is patently obvious that you know absolutely nothing about the world of aviation.
Why do you continue to embarrass yourselves, particularly in front of people who obviously do know something about aviation?
People, you NEED a consultant who actually knows something about aviation history.
If you are a self-absorbed jackass of Bill's caliber, please refrain from playing AviaQuiz. Of course, we have deleted Bill's account. To the rest of you: please don't be the next Bill. For what it's worth, Bill might want to consdier that Mitsubishi never made an airplane called the "Zero" either. The queston that Bill asked about (if "asked" is indeed the right word.. "ranted" perhaps?) was actually set up to accept "Rockwell-MBB" as an alternate answer, but as Bill had misspelled it, the system had automatically marked it wrong. This is not to say that we don't make mistakes occasionally (this is why all questions get a manual review later on).
The sad thing is, that this isn't the first such idiocy we've received from users. Maybe we're just lucky that our main business deals with pilots and other aviation professionals, who are generally reasonable and polite, but in addition to the majority of polite and knowledgeable players, AviaQuiz seems to attract a few socially inept basement dwellers as well, alas.
The quiz image is fuzzy/unclear.
|Sorry - this is a tough quiz!|
How do I enter my answer?
|It is absolutely critical that you pay attention to the "Looking for" section above the place where you put your answers. This will tell you what AviaQuiz is looking for for that particular aircraft. |
For all aircraft, a manufacturer will be asked. This is something like 'Boeing', 'Cessna', or 'Yakovlev.' This goes, obviously, in the 'manufacturer' box.
Then, there is the 'other aircraft info' box. What goes in here MUST match as closely as possible to what is asked for in the 'looking for' box (minus the manufacturer, which you have already put.). What is being asked for there will generally go something like this:
Remember, AviaQuiz uses an automated checking mechanism. While the checking mechanism has provision for differences in the way that users type things in, it is really in your best interest to give the simplest, most complete answer, spelled correctly that adequately answers the question.
- Name: asks for a word or words that is the well-known name of an aircraft. For example, 'Mustang', 'Albatross', or 'Flying Fortress'.
- Designation (sometimes referred to as a 'type'): asks for a manufacturer, military, or other code by which the aircraft is commonly known. For example, 'P51', 'B747', or 'X-15'.
- Subtype: when asked for along with the designation, this generally means that a variant of the basic type is asked for. For example, if it asks for 'Designation with Subtype', 'P51C' and 'F14D' might be accptable, but 'P51' and 'F14' would be incomplete.
Don't try to show your smarts to the computer. If it asks for 'Manufacturer and Designation', and you put 'Boeing B747ER', you are likely to be marked wrong even though theoretically you knew the answer. 'Boeing 747' or 'Boeing B747' would have sufficed.
If you're so smart that you know two correct answers for a given airplane, PUT ONLY ONE. For example, if you happen to know that the given aircraft is a Grumman F4F, and the question asks for 'Manufacturer and Name', you'd be probably be fine putting 'Grumman Wildcat' or 'Grumman Martlet', but if you try to be clever and do something like 'Grumman Wildcat/Martlet' or 'Grumman Martlet (or Wildcat)' you are likely to be marked wrong. Similarly, put ONE manufacturer. 'TBM Avenger' might be correct, and 'TBF Avenger' might be correct. But 'TBM/TBF Avenger' is not. Likewise, 'BF/ME-109' is wrong, where 'ME-109' might be right.
In other words, keep it simple and to the point and all will go smoothly.
Some more hints and guidelines:
- sometimes the 'looking for' field might be a sort of hint as to the right answer. For example, if what is clearly a WW2 type asks for a manufacturer and name only, this might often (but not always) give you some notion that the aircraft may be a British, as opposed to German aircraft since while often British aircraft used names as identifications ('Bristol Beaufighter'), German types typically didn't (Me-109).
- Don't worry about punctuation or capitalization. The system ignores this. F-14 is the same as F14 is the same as f14 as far as the system goes. That said, enter your answers using standard characters. Don't add accents to French words or use funky characters for Scandinavian ones because you're a genuis. Use the standard 26 letters of the English alphabet and life will be happy for all.
- Generally speaking, a well known designation and/or name will do. If a MiG 21 sold to Fazulistan is known locally there as the 'Fz-315', MiG 21 is more often than not the best answer. Also, generally appraich the questions from a US/Western European perspective. For example, 'Mitsubishi Zero' is far better to be correc than 'Mitsubishi Type-0 Carrier Based Fighter' or some horrible transliteration of the Japanese original. That said, the system will generaly be fed with several correct answers for a given airplane, so 'Yokosuka P1Y Ginga' and 'Yokosuka P1Y Francis' are likely to be both accepted.
- Where a name and a designation are asked for, put them in the order in which they are usually seen. So, even if it says 'name and designation', 'P51 Mustang' is a better answer than 'Mustang P51'.
What happens if it marks my correct answer incorrectly?
|Every so often, a human will read through the answers and double check the computer's work. This may happen several days, or even weeks after the initial question, so please be patient. If you contact us complaining that your answer has not been marked yet, then you will be marked WRONG no matter what you put! We will get to it in due course.|
What should I do with a suggestion I have for AviaQuiz?
| Melvyn Reynolds is currently providing quiz questions and answers for AviaQuiz. If you do so civilly, you are welcome to contact him regarding CONTENT suggestions related to the game (that is, about individual images and aircraft) via email However, before doing so, please be sure to read this complete FAQ. |
Dauntless Aviation are the programmers and hosts of AviaQuiz. We use AviaQuiz at times as a training and proving ground for new programmers. As such, we know what some of the deficiencies of AQ are, but are leaving them as future tests for programmers to be evlauted for positions with us. As such, please do not contact us with suggestions for improvement or some such. This is the tradeoff for this being a free, cool game and any inconveniences you run in to are likely to be minor.
What happens if I guess twice for the same aircraft?
|Only your last (most recent) guess will be marked. So, if you answer "A" and then decide that it was "B", if you put "B" before the deadline, "B" will be your guess and the original "A" guess will have been discarded.|
What are the awards / medals?
|Awards / Medals are given to users who have reached certain milestones in AviaQuiz. Here are the available medals:|
|Monthly High Scorer Medal|
Awarded to the person or persons who answer the most AviaQuizzes correctly in a given months
|Monthly Top 10 Medal|
Awarded to those who score in the top 10 in a given month
|Ace Recognition Medal|
Awarded to all who answer at least 5 questions correctly
|Boyington / Gabreski / Johnson Medal|
Named after three notable US aces, each with 28 kills during WWII (Gabreski had 6.5 more in Korea), this award is given to players who correctly identify 28 aircraft
|J. Johnson / R. Bong Medal|
Named after the top scoring British and US aces of WWII, with 38 and 40 kills, respectively, this award is given to players who correctly identify 39 aircraft
|Ivan N. Kozhedub Medal|
Named after the highest scoring Soviet ace of WWII, who had 62 kills. This award is given to players who correctly identify 62 aircraft
|Hiroyoshi Nishizawa Medal|
Named afer the top scoring Japanese ace of WWII, who is listed as having as many as 113 kills (a more realistic assessment is 86). This award is given to players who correctly identify 100 aircraft
|Erich 'Bubi' Hartmann Medal|
Named after the top scoring German ace of WWII, generally attributed as having 352 kills, this award is given to players who spend far too much time on this game and who have correctly identified 300 aircraft
|AviaQuiz Season Top 10|
Awarded to those who score in the top 10 of game season
|AviaQuiz Season Winner|
Awarded to the persone or persons who answer the most AviaQuizzes correctly in a of game seasons
When is a new question shown?
|A new question is shown every 5 days. Note that the time that is displayed is the SERVER'S time, not necessarily YOUR time. Monitor the countdown timer at the top (it is compatible with most browsers).|
Why do you ask for my real info (name, etc)?
|Because this is not a game where teenagers shoot monsters with bazookas while running around a maze. This is a tough intellectual challenge for people who have more mature interests. Seeing real names makes the competition more real and more 'adult' (in the clean sense!). Please enter your real info. Your email address will be kept confidential.|
I've been robbed of a correct answer! The system was unavailable for a few hours so I couldn't put my answer! You guys are idiots!
|Relax. We do the best we can. This games took a lot of effort to write and takes a lot of effort to maintain, but we do it for free mainly because we love airplanes. If you act like a jerk, we can guarantee you that you won't get anywhere, no matter how otherwise worthy your argument. We do try our best, but a great many of you are probably bigger aircraft experts than we are, and we are likely to make mistakes at some point. Grin and bear it. Another quiz question is coming soon!|
Can I make a link to AviaQuiz on my website?
|Yes, please do! Please use the URL http://www.dauntless-soft.com/aviaquiz.|
Where is my awards?
|The archive for previous seasons results is currently under construction. But you can see results of AviaQuiz Season 2 at AviaQuiz Season 2 archive|
AviaQuiz is an online challenge where you pit your aircraft recognition skills against others on the Internet. A new image
is displayed every 5 days. You enter your guess as to what the aircraft is. Some of the aircraft are quite difficult and/or
obscure.. others are not so bad. See if you can get a monthly or all-time top score!
AviaQuiz's questions are currently provided by longtime player Melvyn Reynolds
(who is therefore no longer playing and whose score is fixed for the time being.)
Dauntless Aviation and the AviaQuiz community thank Melvyn for his expertise and assistance!
Should you wish to contact Melvyn to discuss or ask questions about AviaQuiz images you can do so at
However, before doing so, please be sure to read the FAQ at the bottom of this page.
Final top 10 streaks
|253||Emilio Lafuente |
|138||Robert Schulte |
|119||Uli Rist |
|84||Trevor Clarke |
|54||Ivan Ivanovich |
|35||Bruno Camenzind |
|34||Ken Dyer |
|34||Karl Christianson |
|26||Janusz Duda |
|25||Christoph Gaetje |
|show all streaks
All time top 5
|1||George Gillburg |
|1||Phil Rademacher |
|1||Janusz Duda |
|1||Nico van Warmerdam |
|1||Herbert Wollinger |
|show all scores