Samuel Pierpont Langley flies his unpiloted Number 5 aircraft using a catapult launch from a boat on the Potomac River, USA. The aircraft travels almost 3/4 of a mile - ten times further than any previous heavier-than-air flying machine.
Samuel Pierpont Langley's Number 6 'heavier-than-air' aircraft model flies over 1,500 m (5,000 ft).
At 10:35 AM, 1st sustained motorized aircraft flight (Orville Wright)
Vuia I aircraft built by Romanian Traja Vuia tested in France
Alberto Santos-Dumont flies his 14-bis aircraft at Bagatelle, France for the first time successfully.
Signal Corps of US army starts aircraft division
1st aircraft air display held (Hendon, England)
1st 2 aircraft collision (Milan Italy)
Nieuport sets an aircraft speed record of 83 mph (133 kph)
Anthony Fokker's demonstrates aircraft "Snip"
M Fourny sets world aircraft distance record of 720 km
1st time an aircraft recovers from a spin
1st four-engined aircraft built and flown (Igor Sikorsky, Russia)
1st pilot to parachute from an aircraft (Adolphe Pégoud, France)
1st aircraft to loop the loop (Adolphe Pégoud-France)
1st all-metal aircraft (Junkers J-1) test flown at Dessau, Germany
US pilot Kiffin Rockwell shoots down German aircraft
Boeing aircraft flies for 1st time
1st night bombing of London by German aircraft
French pilot Georges Guynemer shoots down 54th German aircraft
NC-4 aircraft commanded by AC Read completes 1st crossing of Atlantic
Radio compass used for 1st time for aircraft navigation
USS Langley is commissioned, US Navy's 1st aircraft carrier
1st speed test of 1st genuine Japanese aircraft carrier Hosho
An oil field accident cost aviator Wiley Post his left eye, but he used the settlement money to buy his first aircraft.
Cruiser Act, USA, approves the construction of 19 new cruisers & an aircraft carrier
1st rocket-powered aircraft design patented (Robert Goddard)
1st genuine aircraft carrier christened, USS Ranger
After successfully crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Lithuanian research aircraft Lituanica crashes in Europe under mysterious circumstances.
Black-McKeller Bill passes causes Bill Boeing empire to break up into Boeing United Aircraft [Technologies] & United Air Lines
1st test flight of Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft
The human-powered aircraft, Pedaliante, flies 1 kilometre (0.62 miles) outside Milan.
Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England.
Japanese aircraft shell & sink US gunboat Panay on Yangtze River in China. (Japan apologized & eventually paid US $2.2M in reparations)
1st aircraft owned by US Forest Service in service (Oakland)
German U-29 sinks British aircraft carrier Courageous, 519 die
German seaplane shoots KLM-aircraft (1 killed)
German battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
Lord Beaverbrook appointed British minister of aircraft production
31 German aircraft shot down over England
Luftwaffe bombs British radar stations, loses 31 aircraft
Hermann Goering's "Adler Tag" (Eagle day); 45-48 German aircraft shot down over Southern England (Battle of Britain)
Heavy dogfights above England: 75 German aircraft damaged
71 German aircraft shot down above England
RAF Fighter Command loses 39 aircraft against Luftwaffe 41
28 German aircraft shot down above England
19 German aircraft shot down above England
47 German aircraft shot down above England
Aircraft from HMS Ark Royal sights German battleship Bismarck
Alma Heflin, the first American female test pilot for commercial aircraft, made her first test flight for the Piper Aircraft Corporation, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
British aircraft carrier Ark Royal sank in Mediterranean, having been torpedoed by a German submarine the day before
US aircraft carrier Lexington and 5 heavy cruisers leave Pearl Harbor
U-81 torpedoes British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal
Japanese aircraft carriers Akagi/Kagu back in Kure, Japan
World War II: First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.
Aircraft carrier USS Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack in Coral Sea
US aircraft carrier Yorktown leaves Pearl Harbor
British aircraft carrier Eagle torpedoed & sinks
US aircraft carrier Wasp torpedoed at Guadalcanal
US aircraft carrier Hornet sinks off Santa Cruz
US aircraft carrier Enterprise reaches Noumea
Erich Hartmann shoots 7 Russian aircraft at Kursk
US aircraft carrier Hornet launched
World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.
15 US aircraft carriers attack Japanese bases on Marianas
Japanese aircraft carriers Taiho/Shokaku sinks in Marianas
Japanese aircraft carrier Hijo sunk by US air attack
US aircraft carrier Princeton sinks at Philippines
US aircraft carriers attack Okinawa
US jeep-aircraft carrier Ommaney Bay sinks after Japanese kamikaze attack
US aircraft carriers attack Tokyo
US aircraft carrier Franklin heavy damaged in Japanese air raid
Kamikaze Zero strikes US aircraft carrier Enterprise
NV United Dutch Fokker's Aircraft established
Turner Caldwell in D-558-I sets aircraft speed record, 1131 kph
Marion Carl in D-558-I sets world aircraft speech record, 1,047 kph
F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speech record of 1080 kph
Unidentified aircraft bomb Jerusalem
US minesweeper Hobson rams aircraft carrier Wasp, kills 176
USS Oriskany becomes 1st aircraft carrier to sail around Cape Horn
North American F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speed record, 1124 KPH
First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
British aircraft carrier Ark Royal sets sail
Aircraft carrier USS Saratoga launched at Brooklyn
World's most powerful aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga, launched
A fire on board the aircraft carrier USS Bennington in Narragansett Bay, off Rhode Island, kills 103 crew
Bell X-2 rocket plane sets world aircraft speed record of 3,050 kph
British government sends 3 aircraft carriers to Egypt
Bell X-2 sets Unofficial manned aircraft altitude record 126,000'+
US Air Force Major Howard Johnson sets world aircraft altitude record in a Lockhead F-104 Starfighter at 27,810 m
CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)
USSR shoots down a US aircraft over Barents sea
Rocket propelled USAF research aircraft sets record at 2,150 MPH
USS Enterprise, 1st nuclear power aircraft carrier, launched
Japan conducts a test of the NAMC YS-11, its first aircraft since the war and its only successful commercial aircraft from before or after the war.
US sells Israel, Hawk anti-aircraft missiles
Indian government announces it will cut last remaining links with South Africa by refusing landing facilities to South African aircraft
Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager sinks after colliding with aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, killing 82
Lockheed SR-71 spy aircraft reaches 3,530 kph (record for a jet)
1st ground station-to-aircraft radio communication via satellite
The first model of the new Saab Viggen fighter aircraft plane is unveiled.
The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy Aircraft makes its first flight.
173 US aircraft bomb North Vietnam
US aircraft carrier Oriskany catches fire at Gulf on Tonken, 43 die
The only fatality of the X-15 program occurs during the 191st flight when Air Force test pilot Michael J. Adams loses control of his aircraft which is destroyed mid-air over the Mojave Desert.
Dutch aircraft carrier Karel Doorman (formerly Britsh HMS Venerable) sold to Argentina
25 members of US aircraft carrier Enterprise die during maneuvers
Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne slices US destroyer USS Frank E Evans in half, killing 74 (South Vietnam)
British aircraft crashes at Barcelona, 112 killed
Sabena aircraft at Lod Intl, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians
46 sailors injured in race riot on aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk
Israeli fighters shoot Libyan aircraft down, killing 108
Aleksandr Fedotov sets aircraft alt rec of 38.26 km (125,524')
The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode bombs at the RAF airfield near Eglinton, County Londonderry; the terminal building, two aircraft hangars and four planes aree destroyed
Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.
Columbia flies on Shuttle carrier aircraft to Kennedy Space Center
Columbia flown on carrier aircraft lands at Kennedy Space Center
Bryan Allen flew man-powered Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a human-powered aircraft; flight took 2 hrs, 49 min
Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists
The solar-powered aircraft, Solar Challenger, successfully completes a 163 mile flight across the English Channel
Official speed record for a piston-driven aircraft, 832 kph, Calif
US jet fighters strike Syrian anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon
Soviet sub crashes into USS aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off Japan
Venz commandos terminate hijacking of an aircraft, 2 killed
F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speed record of 1152 kph (716 mph)
US aircraft attacks 5 terrorist locations in Libya
Dutch government gives Fokker's Aircraft Ÿ212 million credit
A Greek pedals self-powered aircraft, 74 miles
Boeing B-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft makes maiden flight
Senate votes to allow women to fly combat aircraft
South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crashed lands in Iowa.
Iran transport aircraft crashes in Azerbaijan (32 killed)
The Rwandan Genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down.
Iraq's Revolution Command Council announces that it will no longer allow US citizens and US aircraft to serve with UN arms inspection teams
Kosovo War: In Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.
Nineteen US Marines are killed when a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashes near Marana, Arizona.
The detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, People's Republic of China after a collision with an J-8 fighter is released.
Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the U.S. after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The supersonic commercial aircraft Concorde resumes flying after a 15-month hiatus.
A military MiG-21 aircraft crashes into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight.
A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.
In a "friendly fire" incident, two A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft from the United States Idaho Air National Guard's 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull.
The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France.
Two EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft land at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock Air Force Base; the first time Russia has flown such a mission to North America.
XCOR Aerospace makes first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California.
The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico to be an artificial reef
Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes.
a B-2 Spirit of the USAF crashes at Guam. The crew survived but the aircraft was written off, making it the most expensive air crash in human history (the aircraft alone cost $1.2Bn). The B-2 had a perfect safety record before the crash; not one B-2 ever crashed.
Aircraft crash kills 16 people in Kathmandu, Nepal
50 people are killed after a Boeing 737 aircraft crashes in Kazan, Russia
Dazzling new airplane patent offers seats on top of aircraft
New York plane crash: WW2 aircraft in Hudson River
China's 1st Aircraft Carrier Heads for Western Pacific
US aircraft carrier-led strike group headed toward Korean Peninsula
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Hugo Junkers, German aircraft designer (d. 1935)
Charles E. Taylor, First aircraft maintenance professional (d. 1956)
William Edward Boeing, founded aircraft co (Boeing)
Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer (d. 1965)
Hector Abbas, One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
Ernst Heinrich Heinkel, German inventor (1st rocket-powered aircraft)
Andrej N Tupolev, Russian aircraft builder
Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft
Anthony Fokker, Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft manufacturer (Eindecker monoplanes, Fokker Triplane)
Mikhail Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (d. 1976)
Donald Wills Douglas, US, aircraft pioneer (McConnell Douglas)
John Knudsen Northrop, aircraft designer (Northrop Air)
Sir Lawrence Wackett, Australian aircraft engineer (d. 1982)
Kurt Tank, German WW II aircraft designer
Jake Swirbul, American aircraft manufacturer (d. 1960)
Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer
Charles Stark Draper, Windsor Missouri, American Scientist and Engineer who headed the team that invented the Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology for aircraft, space vehicles, and submarines
Olive Ann Beech, aircraft industry executive
Howard Hughes, reclusive billionaire (Hughes Aircraft)/inventor
Oleg Antonov, Soviet aircraft designer (d. 1984)
Eric Mensforth, president (Westland Aircraft)
Ed Heinemann, American aircraft designer (Douglas Aircraft; d. 1991)
Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, American aircraft engineer (Lockheed Skunk Works; d. 1990)
Emrys Jones, One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
Frederick Page, CEO (British Aerospace Aircraft Group)
Googie Withers, Karachi India, actress (1 of Our Aircraft is Missing)
Paul MacCready, engineer/inventor (1st man-powered aircraft)
John Swire, British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)
John William Fozard, aircraft designer
1st child born in aircraft, Miami, Florida
Adrian Swire, British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)
Donald Spiers, controller (Aircraft MoD)
Solveig Nordlund, Low-Flying Aircraft
Ron Arad, Israeli aircraft navigator missing in action.
Margarida Marinho, Low-Flying Aircraft
Otto Lilenthal, aircraft pioneer, killed during a glider test at 48
Otto Lilienthal, German aircraft pioneer, dies
Eugene Lefebvre, dies test piloting a Wright A aircraft
Clement of Maasdijk, 1st Dutch aircraft death
Squadron Commander E.H. Dunning, first pilot to land his aircraft on a moving ship. (b. 1891)
Louis Blériot, French aviator who made the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier than air aircraft, dies of a heart attack at 64
R. J. (Reginald Joseph) Mitchell, British aircraft designer (b. 1895)
Hector Abbas, One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
Jake Swirbul, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1898)
Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer (b. 1882)
Artem Mikoyan, Russian aircraft designer (MIG), dies at 65
Andrej N Tupolev, Russian aircraft builder, dies at 84
Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1893)
Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft builder, dies at 80
James Smith McDonnell, American aircraft manufacturer, dies of a stroke at 81 (b. 1899)
Donald W Douglas, US aircraft pioneer/builder, dies at 88
John Knudsen Northrop, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1895)
Stan Rogers, musician, dies in aircraft fire
Ed Heinemann, American aircraft designer (Douglas Aircraft; b. 1908)
John William Fozard, aircraft designer, dies at 68
Alexei Tupolev, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1925)
Curtis Pitts, American aircraft designer (b. 1915)
Mikhail Simonov, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1920)
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