The first manned balloon ascent in Holland is made by Jean-Pierre Blanchard in Hague.
Alberto Santos-Dumont, making an attempt on the Deutsch prize in Paris, lands his dirigible No.5 in the Trocadéro gardens after one of the cords controlling the rudder snaps. He uses a ladder to repair the machine where it lies before taking off again.
The United States Navy armored cruiser North Carolina becomes the first ship to launch an aircraft by catapult while underway, launching a Curtiss flying boat piloted by Lieutenant Godfrey Chevalier.
Mikhail Gromov, A. B. Yumashev, and S. A. Danilin establish a new distance record of 10,148 km (6,303 miles) from Moscow to San Jacinto, California, USA via the North Pole in a Tupolev ANT-25, covering the distance in 62 hours 17 minutes.
The British Royal Air Force (RAF) puts the first operational jet-powered airplanes into service.
An Eastern Air Lines flight en route from Boston. Massachusetts, to Miami, Florida, with stops in Washington, D.C. and Columbia South Carolina, collides with a United States Army Air Forces A-26 Invader bomber 3,100 feet above Syracuse, South Carolina, (about 20 miles from Florence, South Carolina). The commercial pilot, G. D. Davis, lands his airliner in a cornfield. One passenger, an infant, is killed aboard the airliner. A-26's tail is sheared off; two aboard the bomber die and one is able to parachute safely.
First flight for the Northrop M2-F2, a heavyweight lifting body based on studies at NASA's Ames and Langley research centers.
First flight of the KC-10 Extender, the military in-flight refueler version of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30.
First flight of the The Scaled Composites Triumph, a twin-engine, business jet prototype designed and built by Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites for Beechcraft. It was known officially as the Model 143, and internally at Scaled as the "Tuna". Also was the first first flight for the Williams FJ44 turbofan on the "Tuna", which was a joint venture from Williams International and Rolls-Royce.
A Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules flies the 10,000th United Nations relief flight into Sarajevo.
Hapag-Lloyd Airlines Flight 3378, an Airbus A310, lands 500 meters short of the runway in Vienna after running out of fuel in flight. There are no serious injuries or fatalities.
John Leonard King, Baron King of Wartnaby, passed away. He was a businessman famous for leading British Airways from an inefficient, nationalized company to one of the most successful airlines of recent times.