Amelia Earhart climbs to a record altitude of 18,415 feet in a Pitcairn autogyro at Willow Grove, near Philadelphia.
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...
Ethiopian Airlines commences flight operations.
Largest recorded sunspot (7,000) observed.
A de Havilland Comet 1, operating South African Airways Flight 201 from Rome to Cairo and Johannesburg, disintegrates in mid-air over the Mediterranean Sea near Naples following fatigue failure, killing all 14 passengers and seven crew. Read more...
USAF Discoverer XXIII placed into polar orbit from Pacific Missile Range but reentry capsule stayed in orbit.
Unmanned Gemini 1 launched.
OAO 1, 1st orbiting astronomical observatory, launched.
Pacific Southwest Airlines shut down operations and was integrated to USAir (now US Airways).