Lieutenant J. W. Dunne’s D5 tailless biplane is tested at Eastchurch, Kent, England. It has a 60-hp Green engine and was built by Short Brothers.
A record for heaviest payload for a commercial aircraft is set by a Lockheed Super constellation flying for Flying Tiger Lines from Newark, New Jersey to Burbank, California.
Orient Airways is merged into a new government-owned airline to become Pakistan International Airlines.
The prototype Boeing 707 jet lands after a press demonstration flight from Seattle, Washington to Baltimore, Maryland during which it covers 2,350 miles in a record time of 3 hours 48 minutes.
a Flying Tiger Lockheed Super Constellation sets a new payload record for a commercial aircraft, carrying 41,749 lb (18,937 kg) on a flight between Newark, New Jersey and Burbank, California.
Boeing B-47E Stratojet, 53-1876, and an F-86 Sabre collide during a training mission. The damaged B-47 is forced to jettison a nuclear weapon casing. Because there’s no fuel capsule installed on the bomb, there is no nuclear detonation. The bomb would never be found.
US Probe, Pioneer 5 Solar Monitor launched. Space probe is now in a solar orbit.
Winderoe Flight 933, a Twin Otter (LN-BNK) crashes into the Barents Sea after structural failure of the aircraft’s tail due to severe clear-air turbulence. All 15 on the aircraft perish.
Japanese probe Sakigake flies by Halley's Comet at 6.8 million km.
First flight of the Airbus A321.
Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry are launched into space.
The first two of four Boeing E-767 airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircrafts are officially handed over to the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force.
JetsGo ceases operations.
China’s first privately-owned carrier Okay Airlines begins operations with a flight from Tianjin to Changsha. Their fleet currently consists of five Boeing 737s and two Xian MA-60s.
An 8.9 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan’s northeast coast, generating a massive tsunami which sweeps away entire towns in Japan, washes out Sendai Airport and forces Tokyo’s Narita Airport to shut down.