Pierre Prier makes the first non-stop passenger flight, traveling from London to Paris.
Lt. T. Gordon Ellyson becomes the Navy’s first pilot.
The Loughead brothers fly their seaplane, the F-1, from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
The Bristol Blenheim, a British light bomber, makes takes off from Filton, England on its maiden test flight. Read more...
Sir Frank Whittle conducts ground-tests of the world’s first jet engine designed specifically to power an aircraft. Read more...
Korean War: 48 US B-29 Superfortresses bomb the Sinuiju Railway Bridge spanning the Yalu River.
At 9:07 am, Moscow time, the Soviet rocket Vostok 1 takes off from Tyuratam in central Asia, launching Flight-Major Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin into space and the history books. After a single orbit, the first human in space lands safely back at the space center at Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Read more...
U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortresses strike targets in North Vietnam for the first time.
The US Air Force’s 31st Aerospace Rescue Squadron evacuate Charles Lindbergh and a group of scientists from Mindanao Island, Philippines, after their helicopter had crashed.
Members of the USAF’s 31st Aerospace Rescue Squadron pick up Charles Lindbergh and a scientific team from the jungle on Mindanao Island, Philippines, after their helicopter crashed while on an anthropological survey.
The US Space Shuttle program takes off with the first launch of Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-1. The flight crew, consisting of only two—Commander John W. Young and Pilot Robert Crippen—spend 54 1/2 hours in orbit. Read more...
British Airways Concorde loses a large piece of its rudder on a flight between Christchurch and Sydney.
Jamaican airline Air Jamaica ceases operations. All services taken over by Caribbean Airlines.
Air France Airbus A380 F-HPJD was involved in a ground collision with Comair Bombardier CRJ-700 N641CA AT John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, spinning the latter through 90°. The Airbus sustained slight damage, whilst the CRJ-700 was substantially damaged.