Quiz Me: Jet-propelled bomber

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.