At enormous personal risk, Herr Berson and Professor Süring of the Berliner Verein für Luftschiffahrt establish the first ratified altitude record for balloons. Their 8,510-cu. ft. balloon Preussen (Prussia) ascends to 35,435 feet.
A mysterious explosion occurred in the skies over Siberia. It has since been attributed to comet fragments.
The first airplane bombing tests are made as Glenn H. Curtiss drops dummy bombs from his own Curtiss biplane on the shape of a battleship marked by flagged buoys on Lake Keuka, New York.
The Curtiss A-1 seaplane is tested for the first time by Glenn Curtiss.
A SNCASO S.O. 4000 (prototype of the Sud Vautour fighter-bomber) becomes the first European aircraft to exceed the speed of sound in a shallow dive.
a United Airlines Douglas DC-7 and a Trans World Airlines Lockheed Super Constellation collide in mid-air over the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA, killing all 128 passengers and crew aboard both airplanes in the deadliest air disaster in history at the time; the crash triggers sweeping changes in the regulations governing cross-country flight over the United States, which would include the creation of the Federal Aviation Agency.
The McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63 receives FAA Certification.
First flight of the Lockheed C-5A Galaxy.
US president Jimmy Carter cancels the B-1 Lancer program.
First flight of the Boeing 737-500.
Arrow Air ceases operations.