The 2,000-hp prototype Hawker Typhoon fighter makes its first flight in England.
The US Air Defense Command is formed at Mitchell Field, New York.
The U.S. Navy places a contract with Grumman for two prototypes of the XTBF-1, later named Avenger, a chunky mid-wing monoplane that would become the U.S. Navy’s standard carrier torpedo bomber of World War II. Read more...
McGee Airways pioneers the transportation of fresh meat and milk to the Alaskan interior.
Trans World Airlines receives their first Boeing 307 Stratoliner, one month after Pan Am becomes the launch airline.
The first successful free flight of a true helicopter is made by Igor I. Sikorsky’s single-rotor VS-300.
World War II: British bombers make their first runs over Germany.
First flight of the Chance Vought XF4U-1.
U.S. Army Air Corps announces plans for the construction of the world’s most powerful wind tunnel at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio.
The first American paratrooper unit is formed at Fort Benning, Georgia.
The fourth Messerschmitt Bf 109F series prototype makes its first flight in Germany, powered by one of the new 1,350-hp Daimler Benz DB 601E.
The North American P-51 Mustang long-range fighter makes its maiden flight. Fast and durable, it would help assure Allied air dominance in World War II.
In response to Germany leveling Coventry two days earlier, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg.
First flight of the de Havilland Mosquito prototype W4050.
First flight of the Fairey Barracuda prototype, P1767.
The New York City experiences its first blackout and anti-aircraft exercise, around the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
First flight of the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver.
The first U.S. all-cargo air service is inaugurated by United Air Lines when at 11:30 P.M. a flight leaves New York for Chicago, where it arrives at 3:40 A.M. local time the following morning after stopping in Cleveland.