Henri Farman makes the first flight in his modified Voisin-Farman I-bis, the biplane built by Voisin brothers.
Edward Henry Heinamann born, Saginaw, Michigan. Designer for the Douglas Aircraft Corporation.
The Aviation Corp. of America (AVCO), headed by Juan Trippe, forms Pan American Airways to qualify for a contract for airmail deliveries from the post office and establishes the route between Key West, Florida and Havana, Cuba as the first of several routes it would acquire.
Imperial Airways opens a weekly service to Hong Kong.
TAP Portugal is founded.
Saudi Arabian Airlines begins regular domestic services.
Within a year of completion of a major expansion program, Chicago’s O’Hare International airport has become the busiest terminal in the US, handling 10.2 million passengers in 1959, the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) reports. In the same year it handled 431,600 take-offs and landings.
Adria Airways is founded.
Two B-52 Stratofortresses make a non-stop round-the-world flight in 42.5 hours.
Soyuz TM-21 launches with V Dezyurov, G Strekalov and N Thagard.
An Aeroflot Antonov An-12 crashes near Baku after running out of fuel. Crew negligence is blamed, and it is suggested that the flight crew were drunk.
1st time 13 people in space.