The 1st municipal airport in the United States opens in Tucson, Arizona and is still in use today.
The 1st man to exceed Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound) is American test pilot Scott Crossfield in a Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket. The world airspeed record is now set at 1,291 mph (2,078 km/h).
In Operation Ivory Coast, the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army assault North Vietnam's Son Tay prison camp to free prisoners-of-war thought to be there, but none are found. Large air raids are conducted to divert North Vietnamese attention from the assault.
Lufthansa flight 540 crashes and burns moments after takeoff, killing 59 people. It was the first major accident involving the Boeing 747.
The US Air Force orders development of the KC-10 Extender.
Air Tahiti Nui commences flight operations.