Don't Call Me Shirley: An Airplane! Quiz

Airplane! turns 30 today! In honor of the big day, we present a quiz that focuses on the word puns, word play and "oh, my word!" moments that helped turn the film into the classic it has become.


Anyone who nails them all would surely by welcome to pilot the mentalfloss private trivia jet anytime. And, no, Shirley, we're not joking.


After you take the quiz, you can click here for a real hard bonus question - just to test your complete knowledge of the franchise.

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When the weather bulletin comes off the wire, McCroskey turns to Johnny and says, "What can you make outta this?" Which one of the four below is NOT one of the things Johnny says he can make?
Pterodactyl
Brooch
Umbrella
Hat
2 of 11
When McCroskey says, "Two more minutes! They could be miles off course!" Kramer says, "That's impossible..."
They're on instruments!" and we smashcut to the cockpit and Elaine, Randy, Rumack, and Striker are playing drums, keyboard, bass and guitar in rock band style.
They're on instruments!" and we smashcut to the cockpit and Elaine, Randy, Rumack, and Striker are playing violin, viola, cello and bass in classical quartet style
They're on instruments!" and we smashcut to the cockpit and Elaine, Randy, Rumack, and Striker are playing trumpet, clarinet, saxophone and bass fiddle in Benny Goodman swing band style.
3 of 11
When McCroskey tells Gunderson to check the radar range. What does Gunderson do?
He opens the face of the radar screen and starts pulling laundry out of it like it's a dryer.
He opens the door of a microwave and peers in. There is a turkey inside.
He looks at the radar and instead of seeing planes on it, someone is playing the original pong video game.
4 of 11
When Elaine asks an elderly woman on the plane if she'd like something to read, the woman responds: "Do you have anything light?" Elaine hands her a small piece of paper and says,
How about this leaflet: 'What To Do In The Event Of A Crash Landing'.
How about this leaflet: 'How to Prepare for an Airplane Crash Over Water'.
How about this leaflet: 'Famous Jewish Sports Legends?'
5 of 11
What happens after the reporter says, "All right, boys. Let's get some pictures" ?
Photographers with cameras enter and begin to pose for each other.
Photographers with cameras enter and begin to remove framed pictures from the walls.
Photographers with cameras enter and begin to take photos of their own cameras.
Photographers with cameras enter and giggle when they see McCroskey strike the pose of the photo behind him.
6 of 11
According to the movie, what is the proper translation for: See a broad who get all booty-eyed, lay'em down and smack'em yack'em.
A stitch in time saves nine, especially when the needle is fine.
The early bird always catches the worm.
Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm ... As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
7 of 11
Who says, "We have clearance, Clarence."
Ground Controller
Oveur
Murdock
Basta
8 of 11
Which of the following four is not authentic to McCroskey's "The Wrong Week to Quit..." category?
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit taking speed.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.
9 of 11
The "What is it?" joke appears 3 times in the movie. Which of the following did we make up?
It's a large tract of asphalt where planes take off and land, but that's not important right now.
It's the little room in the front of the plane where the pilots sit, but that's not important now.
Well, its a big building where generals meet. But that's not important right now.
It's a big building with patients. But that's not important right now.
10 of 11
According to Striker, what, as much as anything else, led to his "drinking problem"?
He couldn't get over Rio Grande.
Elaine had doubts about their relationship.
He couldn't dunk a basketball.
His fear of flying.
11 of 11
Speaking to Oveur, Dr. Rumack says, "Captain, how soon can we land?" To which, the captain says, "I can't tell." How does the doctor respond?
"If I guess, will you tell me?"
"William could tell!"
"In a time like this? Surely you must be joking."
"You can tell me. I'm a doctor!"