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February 1, 1950

First jet landing on an U.S. aircraft carrier at night - F9F Panther


June 25, 1950

North Korean aircraft bomb the airport at Kimpo marking the start of the Korean war - Yak-9


June 27, 1950

U.S. fighter downs three enemy aircraft in one of the first U.S. air actions of the Korean war - F-82


June 27, 1950

U.S. jets down four enemy aircraft in the first jet U.S. air action of the Korean war - P-80 Shooting Star


June 27, 1950

Flight of first swept wing jet fighter solely of Latin American origin. It was produced in Argentina - FMA IAE 33


September 4, 1950

First rescue by a U.S. helicopter of a pilot behind enemy lines - Sikorsky H-5


September 5, 1950

First successful bomb drop from an aircraft flying at over 500 mph - B-45 Tornado


October 31, 1950

Flight of a jet aircraft constructed entirely in Australia - GAF Pika


November 8, 1950

U.S. F-80 downs North Korean jet in first jet to jet encounter of Korean War - Mig-15


December 1, 1950

Helicopters assigned to U.S. MASH facilities - Bell H-13 Sioux


December 18, 1950

Newest swept wing U.S. jet fighters deployed in Korea - F-86 Sabre


January 23, 1951

U.S. jet fighters claim victories over four MiG-15's in one day - Republic F-84


January 5, 1952

Pan Am introduces all cargo transport from New York to London - Douglas DC-6


April 15, 1952

First flight of what is still the backbone of the U.S. heavy bomber fleet - Boeing B-52


May 2, 1952

First jet powered passenger airliner to fly regular service - de Havilland DH 106 Comet


July 31, 1952

First helicopter to cross the Atlantic - Sikorsky S-55


November 2, 1952

First U.S. jet night victory using radar - F3D Skyknight


May 25, 1953

U.S. production aircraft capable of supersonic speeds in level flight - F-100


September 18, 1953

Soviet aircraft capable of supersonic speeds in level flight - MiG-19


October 3, 1953

US Navy aircraft capable of supersonic speeds in level flight - F4D


October 29, 1953

International jet aircraft speed record of 754 mph set - F-100 Super Sabre


March 4, 1954

Aircraft sets simultaneous records for speed, altitude and time to climb - F-104


May 1, 1954

USAF AWAC flights begin - EC-121


August 3, 1954

Experimental jet powered seaplane goes supersonic - F2Y Sea Dart


August 26, 1954

Experimental turbine powered helicopter sets 155.9 mph speed record - Sikorsky XH-39


November 5, 1954

First non-rotorcraft successful transition from vertical take-off to horizontal flight and back - Convair XFY Pogo


December 19, 1954

Supersonic all-weather interceptor and operational delta-wing aircraft - F-102


March 25, 1955

Supersonic carrier-based aircraft - F-8


May 31, 1955

Jacqueline Auriol sets aircraft woman's speed record of 715 mph - Dassault Mystere

June 6, 1955

Highest helicopter landing and takeoff of 15,772 ft. with pilot Jean Moine at Mt. Blanc - Bell 47


October 15, 1955

Aircraft 500 km. course speed record of 695 mph set - Douglas A4 Skyhawk


August 24, 1956

First ever U.S. helicopter flys non-stop coast-to-coast - Piasecki H-21


January 18, 1957

Jet airplane flight around the world without landing - Boeing B-52


August 28, 1957

British aircraft sets altitude record - English Electric Canberra


August 31, 1957

British delta-wing jet bomber flies - Avro Vulcan


December 6, 1957

First U.S. built turboprop airliner flies - L188 Electra


December 12, 1957

World aircraft speed record is now 1,207 mph - F-101 Voodoo


January 14, 1958

Quantas Airlines now has around the globe flights - C-121


May 7, 1958

New aircraft altitude record of 91,243 feet set - F-104 Starfighter


May 16, 1958

New aircraft speed record of 1,403 mph set - F-104 Starfighter


May 30, 1958

First jet airliner built by Douglas Aircraft takes flight - DC-8


June 4, 1959

Still standing single engine light aircraft distance record set - Piper PA-24 Comanche


July 14, 1959

New aircraft altitude record of 94,659 feet set - Sukhoi Su-9


August 26, 1959

First woman, Jacqueline Auriol, flies faster than Mach II - Mirage III


October 31, 1959

New aircraft speed record of 1,484 mph set - MiG 21 Ye66


December 6, 1959

New helicopter altitude record of 29,846 feet set - HH-43 Huskie


December 14, 1959

New aircraft altitude record of 103,389 feet set - F-104 Starfighter


December 15, 1959

New aircraft speed record of 1,525 mph set - F-106 Delta Dart



May 1, 1960

U.S. spyplane, capable of continuous flight at altitudes in excess of 60,000 feet, downed by surface launched missiles over Russia - Lockheed U-2


August 12, 1960

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship reaches an altitude of 136,000 feet - North American X-15


May 4, 1961

Still standing manned balloon altitude record of 113,740 feet set.


November 9, 1961

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship flies at a speed of 4,092 mph - North American X-15


November 22, 1961

New aircraft speed record of 1,606.3 mph set - F-4 Phantom


June 27, 1962

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship flies at a speed of 4,104 mph - North American X-15


July 7, 1962

New aircraft speed record of 1,665.9 mph set - Mikoyan Ye-152 prototype


July 17, 1962

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship reaches an altitude of 314,688 feet - North American X-15


January 17, 1963

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship reaches an altitude of 271,392 feet - North American X-15


May 1, 1963

Woman's aircraft speed record of 1,203.7 mph set by Jacquelin Cochran -  F-104


June 25, 1963

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship flies at a speed of 3,910 mph - North American X-15


June 27, 1963

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship reaches an altitude of 284,592 feet - North American X-15


July 18, 1963

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship flies at a speed of 3,925 mph - North American X-15


July 19, 1963

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship reaches an altitude of 347,424 feet - North American X-15


November 13, 1963

Largest aircraft lands on and takes off from an aircraft carrier - C-130


December 5, 1963

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship flies at a speed of 4,017 mph - North American X-15


April 17, 1964

Geraldine Mock completes first woman's aerial global solo circumnavigation - Cessna 180


December 21, 1964

Operational aircraft employing variable geometry wings takes flight - F-111


December 22, 1964

First flight of speed and altitude setting jet aircraft with records which are still standing today - SR-71 Blackbird


March 6, 1965

Helicopter distance record of 2,116 miles set - Sikorsky Sea King


May 1, 1965

New aircraft speed record of 2,070.1 mph set - SR-71 Blackbird prototype YF-12A


September 7, 1965

Dedicated attack helicopter and first to have tandem crew seating flies - AH-1 Cobra


November 15, 1965

Pole to pole around the world flight completed - Boeing 707


July 28, 1966

Still standing aircraft speed record of 2,193.2 mph set - SR-71 Blackbird prototype YF-12A


September 24, 1966

New woman's aircraft speed record of 1,270 mph set by Marina Solovyeva - MiG-21


October 21, 1966

Flight of the world's first jet regional airliner - Yak-40


November 18, 1966

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship flies at a speed of 4,250 mph - North American X-15


January 2, 1967

American jets down a total of seven enemy fighter aircraft in a single day over Vietnam - F-4 Phantom


February 26, 1967

U.S. aircraft begining mining of North Vietnam targets - A-6 Intruder


June 5, 1967

The 1,000 airliner to be powered by jet engines is produced by Boeing - Boeing 707


August 11, 1967

U.S. fighter bombers attack and cut the North Vietnam Paul Doumer Bridge - F-105 Thunderchief


October 3, 1967

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship sets the still standing speed record of 4,520 mph - North American X-15


October 8, 1967

U.S. dedicated attack helicopter in combat for the first time - AH-1 Cobra


December 4, 1967

New U.S. Navy attack aircraft fly their first combat missions over Vietnam - A-7 Corsair


October 24, 1967

Airborne radar aircraft directs an attack successfully on an enemy airplane - EC-121


December 31, 1968

Airliner capable of speeds over Mach 1 takes flight - Tu-144



October 28, 1972

World's first twin engine wide cabin airliner takes flight - Airbus A300


January 21, 1976

Regularly scheduled supersonic flights commence -  Concorde


August 13, 1976

America's first light twin helicopter takes flight
- Bell 222


April 25, 1978

Helicopter outside of the Soviet Union certified for all-weather operations flies - SA330



Sept. 30, 1982

Helicopter around the world flight - Bell 206


December 14, 1984

Forward swept wing (FSW) aircraft exceeds the speed of sound - X-29


December 23, 1986

Completion of flight of only airplane to circumnavigate the earth without landing or refueling - Rutan Voyager


February 22, 1987

light of sub-sonic airliner using fly by wire controls - A320


October 9, 1988

Aircraft flies fully automated from takeoff to landing - Condor


December 7, 1988

F-15B development aircraft modified by NASA for flight control research - F-15 S/MTD


December 21, 1988

First flight of world's heaviest airplane - Antonov An-225 Mriya


March 19, 1989

Production tilt-rotor aircraft flies - V-22



February 17, 1991

Civil aviation four seat airplane with a pressurized cabin flies - Lancair IV-P


June 14, 1994

Jetliner 100% digitally designed using three dimension computer graphics takes to the sky - Boeing 777


September 4, 1997

First flight of the world's first stealth air superiority fighter aircraft - F-22 Raptor



April 24, 2001

Drone aircraft successfully flies across the Pacific - RQ-4


August 13, 2001

Solar powered aircraft sets altitude record - NASA Helios


June 21, 2004

Non-government manned aircraft reaches space - SpaceShipOne


April 27, 2005

First flight of the world's largest ever mass produced airliner - Airbus A380


December 15, 2006

First flight of the world's most expensive military aircraft project - F-35 JSF


May 19, 2008

First flight of Russia's most advanced regional jet liner - Sukhoi Superjet 100


April 25, 2009

First flight of the U.S. Navy's maritime patrol aircraft slated to replace the P-3 Orion - Boeing P-8A Poseidon


November 25, 2009

First flight of the largest and fastest aircraft built by Gulfstream Aerospace - G650


December 11, 2009

First flight of the military transport to compete with the C-130 - Airbus A400M


December 15, 2009

Flight of the first airliner made primarily of composite materials - Boeing 787



January 29, 2010

Flight of Russia's first multirole stealth fighter aircraft - Sukhoi T-50


July 8, 2010

Completion of the then longest non-stop flight (over 26 hours) by a solar/battery powered aircraft using the energy from batteries charged in daylight to fly overnight. It simultaneously set a manned solar powered flight altitude record of 28,500 feet - Solar Impulse


January 11, 2011

China's first multirole stealth fighter aircraft takes to the sky for the first time - Chengdu J-20


May 23, 2013

World distance record flight of 957 miles set for a solar powered aircraft - Solar Impulse


May 2, 2014

Speed record set flying from from Teteboro Airport, New York to London City Airport in 5 hours 54 minutes - Dassault Falcon 7X