July 1, 2013
Here's an edited question asked by an AOPA member who contacted our aviation services staff through the AOPA Pilot Information Center. Test your knowledge.
Question: Which company manufactured the world's first jet-propelled bomber airplane?
Answer: Arado manufactured the Ar 234, which was operated by Germany near the end of World War II. Also known as the "Blitz," it was designed with the intention of being impossible to intercept. The Ar 234 was capable of speeds up to 459 mph, which allowed it to evade Allied fighter aircraft during 1944 and 1945. You can see an Arado Ar 234 on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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