Up, up and away!
Understated Overachievers
Whether to weather the weather
Person, place or thing
Make it work!

During this part of flight, the aircraft gains flying speed and becomes airborne. 

What is takeoff? 


This group of brave people were the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. 

Who were The Tuskegee Airmen?


This is the state of the atmosphere at a given time and place. Aviators consider variables such as, temperature (heat or cold), moisture (wetness or dryness), wind velocity (calm or storm), visibility (clearness or cloudiness), and barometric pressure (high or low) when planning a flight. 

What is weather? 


This is a person who operates the flying controls of an aircraft. 

What is a pilot? 


This vehicle or machine is capable of moving through the air. 

What is an airplane or aircraft? 


This force holds the aircraft down - hint hint! It holds all of us down too! 

What is gravity? 


This aviation pioneer was the first African American & Native American woman to hold a pilot license. 

Who is Bessie Coleman? 


This is a change in the air around an aircraft which can cause the cabin to feel bumps and movement during flight. 

What is turbulence? 


This building is where aircraft are stored, maintained and repaired. 

What is a hangar? 


This is an instrument that is useful in all aspects of travel. In aviation, this instrument tells the pilot which direction the airplane is traveling. 

What is a compass? 


This force is created by the engine of the aircraft and drives the plane forward. 

What is thrust? 


This female airspace pioneer was the first African American female astronaut and the first African American woman to travel to space in 1992. 

Who is Dr. Mae C. Jemison? 


This tool helps aviators know which direction the wind is blowing. 

What is a wind sock? 


These aviators work from a control tower located on an airport. They give information to pilots and control air traffic to keep everyone safe and air traffic flowing smoothly. 

Who are air traffic controllers. 


This type of airplane takes off and/or lands on water. 

What is a seaplane? 


This type of engine turns air and fuel into a hot gas that shoots out the back of the engine to push the plane through the air. 

What is a jet engine? 


This woman was the first African American woman to earn her pilot license and commercial pilot license in the U.S. She was also the first woman officer in the Illinois Civil Air Patrol. She co-founded the Coffey School of Aeronautics. 

Who is Lieutenant Willa Brown? 


This is the weight of the atmosphere pushing down on the earth. 

Bonus 100pts: This weight meter measures air pressure. 

What is atmospheric pressure? 

Bonus 100pts: What is a barometer? 


These are the basic electronic systems on aircraft, spacecraft and satellites.

What are avionics? 


Using this tool, air traffic controllers, pilots and other air-persons communicate with one another. Pilots communicate over this tool using their headsets. 

What is a radio? 


This force moves the aircraft upward and is produced when air flows over the wings of the aircraft. The angle of the wing into the wind also produces this force and moves the aircraft upward. 

What is lift? 


This man was the first African American person to hold a pilot and aircraft mechanic license. He was also the founder of the first African American owned and certified flight school. This school facilitated the initial training for many of the Tuskegee Airmen. 

100 point bonus: This was the name of that school. 

Who is Cornelius Coffey? 

100 point bonus: What is the Coffey School of Aeronautics? 


These clouds are fluffy, dome-shaped masses that may produce heavy rainstorms and strong winds. They also forecast colder weather. 

What are cumulus clouds? 


These professionals are a highly-trained, skilled people who work on, fix, and maintain aircraft.

Who are Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Mechanics? 


This instrument measures the altitude of an aircraft. Altitude is how high the airplane is above the ground. 

What is an Altimeter? 

Click to zoom