Englishmen J.W. Butler and E. Edwards make the first delta-wing airplane designs. They take out patents for delta-wing monoplanes and biplanes to be propelled by jets of steam, compressed air, or gas.
The Vickers R. 80 airship, designed in an innovative streamlined shape by company designer Barnes Wallis, makes its first flight.
The official search for missing flyers Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan is abandoned.
A USAF Northrop F-89J Scorpion launches a live AIR-2 Genie ("Ding Dong") unguided nuclear air-to-air missile. It is the only detonation of a Genie.
Joe Walker flies a North American X-15 to a record altitude of 106,010 metres (347,800 feet) on X-15 Flight 90. Exceeding an altitude of 100 km (62.1 statute miles, 54 nautical miles), this flight qualifies as a human spaceflight under international convention.
Frank Haile Jr and William Wisner fly two Beechcraft Bonanzas around the world in formation.
Sharon Christa McAuliffe is chosen by NASA to be the first private citizen passenger in the history of space flight.
A United Airlines DC-10 crashes on landing following an uncontained failure in the number 2 engine. 111 people were killed.