I. V. Fedorov becomes the first Soviet pilot to break the sound barrier. He achieves the necessary speed by diving his Lavochkin La-176 jet, powered by a Rolls-Royce Nene engine, at full throttle.
First flight of the Convair F-106 Delta Dart.
Aeroflot puts the Ilyushin Il-86 into service on its Moscow-Tashkent route.
First flight of the Antonov An-124.