The UK is bombed by a German aircraft for the first time – a Taube drops two bombs near the Admiralty Pier, Kent.
The French dirigible Dixmude is struck by lightning and explodes over the Mediterranean Sea en route from Cuers-Pierrefeu to Algeria, killing all 52 on board.
Ethiopian Airways is founded.
Condor Flugdienst is founded.
The first major combat aircraft with variable geometry wings, the General Dynamics F-111, makes its first flight.
First flight of the Hawker Siddeley Andover.
New York Airways begins helicopter flights between the roof of the Pan Am Building in midtown Manhattan and JFK Airport.
Longest flight of a A-12 was flown by Bill Park. Lasted just under 6 hours and covered 10,198 miles. This mission was used to demonstrate the A-12s capabilities to support the BLACK SHIELD project in Okinawa.
First flight of the Grumman YF-14A.
The NASA AD-1 oblique-wing concept demonstrator makes its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base. The plane successfully demonstrated a wing that could pivot obliquely from zero to 60 degrees in flight.
The last V-bomber squadron of Britain’s RAF, 44, is disbanded at Waddington, Lincolnshire.
Pan Am Flight 103, a Boeing 747-100 bound for New York from London, explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland and plummets to earth, killing all 259 on board and 11 on the ground.
Kelly Johnson dies at age 80, at St Joseph Medical Center after an illness of manyyears. Kelly is buried at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California.
Martinair Flight 495, a DC-10 (PH-MBN) flying from Amsterdam to Faro, Portugal, crashes while landing during a thunderstorm at Faro, killing 56 of the 340 souls on board.
First flight of the Cessna Citation X.
Air Comet ceases operations.