The birth of the aircraft carrier occurs when Eugene Ely takes off from the cruiser USS Birmingham in Virginia, on a Curtiss biplane. The warship has an 83-foot platform built over the foredeck for the take-off.
Southern Airways Flight 932 crashes near Ceredo,West Virginia, killing all 75 on board. The dead are 37 members of the Marshall University football team, eight of its coaches, 25 team boosters, and the crew of five.
F-15 Eagle enters service with the 555th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron at Luke AFB.
Air Transat began airline operations.
Boeing launches 747-8.
EasyJet announces an order for 52 Airbus A319.