American inventor Lawrence B. Sperry successfully demonstrates the first gyroscopic automatic stabilizing device for powered airplanes when Lt. Patrick N. L. Bellinger pilots a U.S. Navy flying boat designated C-2 and relinquishes full control to the autopilot.
Air France, France’s national airline, is formed.
First flight of the Avro Vulcan.
First flight of the YS-11, Japan’s first aircraft since WW2.
First flight of the Tupolev Tu-22M.
ACES (Colombia) is formed.
First flight of the F-20 Tigershark 82-0062.
Lockheed and Martin Marietta announce their intention to merge. They will form Lockheed-Martin the following year.
Last flight of Reno Air.