The U.S. Weather Bureau begins daily publication of a weather map of the Northern Hemisphere designed specifically as an aid to aviation.
The world’s first scheduled airplane passenger service operated by an airline company – the Airboat Line – begins at 10:00 A.M. when Anthony Janus flies his first passenger from St. Petersburg to Tampa, Florida. The fare for 22-mile over-water flight was $5 with a surcharge if the passenger weighs more than 200 lbs.
The airline Deutsche Luft Hansa changes its name to Lufthansa.
Fiji Airways is reconstituted, becoming equally owned by BOAC, Qantas, and Tasman Empire Airways. Read more...
The 4200th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing activated at Beale AFB. Later (25 June 1966)it was changed to 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing.
British Aircraft Corporation, Hawker Siddeley, and Scottish Aviation are absorbed into British Aerospace. Read more...
Air India Flight 855, a Boeing 747, crashes into ocean near Bombay, killing 213. Read more...
The Boeing 757 enters service with Eastern Airlines.
Eastern Air Lines Flight 980, a Boeing 727, crashed into Mount Illimani at an altitude of 19,600 feet. All 29 crew and passengers on board were killed. The flight, flight number 980, was flying from Silvio Pettirossi International Airport and destined for El Alto International Airport. Read more...
United States Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphins and US Navy H-3 Sea Kings help rescue people trapped inside the Dupont Plaza hotel in Puerto Rico after a fire there on December 31, 1986.
Caribbean Airlines commences operations.
Adam Air Flight 574, a Boeing 737, disappears in Indonesian airspace with 102 people on board. Read more...