The first fixed-wing aircraft flight in Europe.
In an effort to speed up the time it takes for mail to reach the United States via Europe, a single-engined Liore et Oliver LeO 198 airplane is catapulted off the Ile de France ocean liner, reducing the time it takes mail to reach the United States by one whole day.
Millionaire film producer and amateur air racer Howard Hughes shatters the world land plane speed record in his home built Hughes Racer airplane.
Rollout of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet.
First flight of the Aérospatiale Super Puma F-WZJA.
Spantax Airlines Flight 995, a Douglas DC-10 (EC-DEG), crashes on takeoff at Malaga Airport in Spain, killing 50 of the 294 people onboard. The pilot felt a strong vibration in the nosegear and decided to abort the takeoff even though he had passed Vr (rotation speed). The aircraft overran the runway, bursting into flames on an embankment.
First flight of the Piaggio P.180 Avanti.
The Airbus Beluga makes her maiden flight.
Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the United States following the terrorist attacks two days earlier.
A Conviasa ATR-42 (YV-1010) crashes while flying from Santiago Mariño Caribbean International Airport in Porlamar to Manuel Carlos Piar Guayana Airport in the city of Ciudad Guayana, killing at least 15 of the 47 people on board.