Edward Warren, a boy of 13, makes the first, tethered, balloon ascent in the U.S. in Baltimore, Maryland; he volunteers when the craft proves too weak to lift its builder, Peter Carnes.
The first air mail in Canada is flown from Montreal to Toronto.
Dr. Albert Taylor and Leo Young of the Aircraft Research Laboratory, near Bolling Field, Washington, D.C., succeed in tracing the position of airplanes in flight using wireless detection equipment.
The Soviet Union instituted a blockade of Berlin. This gave birth to the Berlin Airlift.
YF-12 (936) was lost at Edwards AFB due to a major in-flight fire in the right engine. PilotRonald (Jack) Layton and Billy Curtis ejected safely.
Eastern Air Lines Flight 66, a Boeing 727, crashed on approach for John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing 113 people. The cause was determined to be a microburst.
British Airways Flight 9, a Boeing 747–200, G-BDXH, City of Edinburgh flew through a cloud of volcanic ash and dust from the eruption of Mount Galunggung, causing extensive damage to the aircraft, including the failure of all four engines. The crew managed to glide the plane out of the dust cloud and restart all four of its engines, although one later had to be shut down again. The aircraft made an emergency landing at Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport just outside Jakarta. No-one was injured.