Imperial Airways begins scheduled services from England to Africa using Armstrong Whitworth Argosys.
The US Air Defense Command is formed at Mitchell Field, New York.
Asia’s oldest airline, Philippine Airlines, is founded.
Eastern Air Lines Flight 21 crashed near Atlanta, almost killing Eddie Rickenbacker, who was traveling on airline business. His recovery in the hospital received broad press coverage; during his initial recovery several news reports claimed that he had died.
A Boeing B-50 makes first nonstop refueled flight around world. American Capt. James Gallagher and Luck Lady II crew cover 23,452 miles (37,742 km) in 94 hours 1 minute and are refueled in flight four times.
Piedmont Airlines carries its one millionth passenger after 6 years of scheduled service
The first supersonic ejection takes place when North American test pilot George F. Smith ejects himself from his diving F-100 off Laguna Beach, California. He is unconscious for five days but recovers.
First flight of the Cessna 404 Titan N5404J.
1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747).
The A-4 Skyhawk ends production after 26 years.
Continental begins codesharing with Air France.
Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US.
NASA launches GEOS-H.
Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09).