It’s reported that the following appeared on an RAF pilot training exam in the late 1950s:
“You’re flying at an altitude of 13,000 feet, with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as your only passenger. Your canopy detaches from the aircraft and Her Majesty is forced out of the aircraft into the slipstream. What is the proper course of action?”
Answers ranged from diving the aircraft to catch the Queen to personally skydiving with an extra parachute to rescue her.
The correct answer:
“Adjust trim tab to compensate for loss of weight of passenger.”