A.D... Comet 1P/374 E1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0884 AUs of Earth.
Using a glider imperfectly modeled by Ernest Archdeacon on an outdated Wright design, artillery captain Ferdinand Ferber launched himself into a short hop from a massive dune in Berc-Sur-Mer, Normandy, France.
The United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force is born. It is formed out the army’s Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.
French pilot Adrienne Bollard takes off from Mendoza, Argentina in a Cauldron biplane to become the first woman to fly over the Andes. She completes the historic Andean crossing to the Chilean capital, Santiago in 10 hours.
The Boeing Stratocruiser enters service with Pan Am.
BEA (British European Airways) and Air France introduce tourist-class fares on their European routes.
BEA and Air France introduce "Tourist Class" fares.
Post-World War II bans on powered flight in West Germany are lifted and reconstituted Lufthansa resumes operations.
First known weather observation satellite, TIROS I (Television Infra-Red Observation Satellite), launched into orbit by Thor-Able, and took pictures of earth's cloud cover on a global scale from 450 miles above until June 29. TIROS I was hailed as ushering in a new era of meteorological observing.
VIASA - the flag carrier of Venezuela - commences operations.
NAMC YS-11 enters service with Japan Domestic Airlines.
Syncom 3, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, passes from civilian to military control.
Air Jamaica commences operations.
Hawker Siddeley Trident 3B enters service with British European Airways.
U.S. and Canada ISIS 2 launched to study ionosphere.
Lufthansa’s first two Airbus A300Bs enter service. They will fly between Frankfurt and Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart and London.
The Canadian Snowbirds aerobatic team officially becomes the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron.
Air France flies the Concorde over to Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, Venezuela for the last time.
Tu-160 enters service with the Soviet Air Forces (184th Guards Heavy Bomber Regiment in Pryluki).
Jet Airways is founded.
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom reviews 70 Royal Air Force aircraft on the ground in celebration of the air force's 75th anniversary. A mass flypast is cancelled due to poor weather.
Comet Hale-Bopp Perihelion.
AirBridge Cargo Airlines commences operations.