There is nothing quite like the sight of a fighter jet streaking across the sky, nearing supersonic speed!
Of course, early fighter jets were not even that fast by today's standards, but they were a huge advancement over the piston-engined aircraft of the time. The Germans showed what a threat a jet fighter could be toward the end of World War II with the Messerschmitt (Me) 262. It proved more than a match for the bombers of the U.S. Air Force as well as any fighters they encounter.
Germany just could not build them fast enough to have any serious effect on turning the tide of the war.
The German aircraft designers did introduce swept-wing designs which proved pivotal in jet fighter design. Soon everyone was copying it - the British, Americans and the Russians.
The first face-to-face action between fighter jets was reserved for the Korean War. Here, two of the most modern aircraft of the time came up against each other — the Soviet Mig-15 and the North American F-86. It remained a shootout, though, as there were no air-to-air missiles yet. When those were introduced, the game changed and today, aircraft can destroy each other without making visual contact at all.
But getting back to the quiz at hand, we'll test your knowledge of jet aircraft nicknames. Let's see how many you get!