1961 in aviation

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Years in aviation: 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
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Years: 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964

This is a list of aviation-related events from 1961:

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • January 1
  • January 3 – Aero Flight 311, a Douglas DC-3C (registration OH-LCC) of the Finnish airline Aero, crashes near Kvevlax (Koivulahti) on approach to Vaasa Airport in Finland killing all 25 people on board. An investigation determines pilot error to be the cause of crash, finding that the captain and first officer were both exhausted for lack of sleep and were intoxicated at the time of the crash. It remains the deadliest air disaster to have occurred in Finland.
  • January 12 – At the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, the crew of a United States Air Force Strategic Air Command B-58 Hustler led by Major E. J. Deutschendorf – the father of singer-songwriter John Denver – breaks six world records in a single flight, including five held by the Soviet Union. The B-58 sets a new world speed record for a flight carrying a 2,000-kilogram (4,409-pound) payload over a 2,000-kilometer (1,242-mile) course, achieving an average speed of 1,061.808 mph (1,709.836 km/hr). The flight also breaks the world speed records for average speed over the same distance carrying a 1,000-kilogram (1,610-pound) payload and carrying no payload and smashes the previous records for the distance in all three payload categories, which had been held by Soviet Tupolev Tu-104s flying at about half the average speed the B-58 achieves. The flight also sets a new record for average speed over a 1,000-km (621 mph) course, averaging 1,200 mph (1,932 km/hr).[2]
  • January 14 – At the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, a U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command B-58 Hustler sets a new world speed record for a flight carrying a 2,000-kilogram (4,409-pound) payload over a 1,000-kilometer (621-mile) course, averaging 1,284.73 mph (2,068.81 km/hr). The flight also breaks the world speed records for average speed over the same distance carrying a 1,000-kilogram (1,610-pound) payload and carrying no payload.[2] On February 28, the crew will receive the Thompson Trophy for the flight.[2]
  • January 24 – A United States Air Force B-52G Stratofortress carrying two Mark 39 thermonuclear bombs breaks up in mid-air over Faro, North Carolina, and crashes, killing three of its eight-man crew. The bombs do not arm themselves and one bomb is recovered. Travelling at over 700 miles per hour (1,127 km/hr), the second bomb lands in a swamp and buries itself to a depth of over 75 feet (23 meters); flooding prevents its recovery.

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

First flights[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

Entered service[edit]

April[edit]

June[edit]

September[edit]

  • Sikorsky HSS-2 Sea King (redesignated SH-3 Sea King in 1962) with United States Navy Antisubmarine Helicopter Squadrons 3 (HS-3) and 10 (HS-10)[58]

October[edit]

Retirements[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g The B-58′s Record Flights
  3. ^ a b Hallion, Richard P., "Across the Hypersonic Divide," Aviation History, July 2012, p. 41.
  4. ^ Anonymous, "Chile mountaineers: We found plane missing for half century," Associated Press, February 8, 2015.
  5. ^ Hollway, Don, "'One of My Missiles is Loose!'", Aviation History, March 2013, p. 60.
  6. ^ Mets, David R., Land-Based Air Power in Third World Crises, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Air University Press, July 1986, no ISBN number, p. 72.
  7. ^ Mets, David R., Land-Based Air Power in Third World Crises, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Air University Press, July 1986, no ISBN number, pp. 72-76, 79-80.
  8. ^ Mets, David R., Land-Based Air Power in Third World Crises, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Air University Press, July 1986, no ISBN number, pp. 81-83.
  9. ^ "Today in History," The Washington Post Express, May 1, 2012, Page 34.
  10. ^ McCabe, Scott, "Crime History," The Washington Examiner, May 1, 2013, Page 8.
  11. ^ Aviation Safety Network Hijacking Description
  12. ^ skyjackeroftheday.tumblr.com "Skyjacker of the Day #30: Antulio Ramirez Ortiz," May 20, 2013.
  13. ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, p. 66.
  14. ^ Ross, Malcolm; Edwards, Walter (November 1961). "Balloon Ride to the Edge of Space". National Geographic Magazine. Washington, D.C.: The National Geographic Society. 120 (5): 671–685. 
  15. ^ a b c Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, p. 311.
  16. ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, p. 311, claims the radar inytercept officer's name was B. R. Young.
  17. ^ "History of El Al". El Al. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  18. ^ Aviation Safety Network Hijacking Description
  19. ^ Today in History, The Washington Post Express, July 19, 2011, Page 37.
  20. ^ Aviation Safety Network Hijacking Description
  21. ^ Aviation Safety Network Hijacking Description
  22. ^ skyjackeroftheday.tumblr.com "Skyjacker of the Day #98: Bruce Britt," March 13, 2013.
  23. ^ a b Koerner, Brendan I., "Skyjacker of the Day: A Father and Son Who Were Just 'Fed Up' With Being Americans," slate.com, June 10, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
  24. ^ skyjackeroftheday.tumblr.com "Skyjacker of the Day #10: Cody Bearden," June 10, 2013.
  25. ^ Aviation Safety Network Hijacking Description
  26. ^ skyjackeroftheday.tumblr.com "Skyjacker of the Day #26: Albert Charles Cadon," May 24, 2013.
  27. ^ Aviation Safety Network Hijacking Description
  28. ^ Anonymous, "Senate Votes Death Penalty in Air Hijackings," Toledo Blade, August 11, 1961, p. 1.
  29. ^ "Central Intelligence Agency discloses deaths of 5 officers". BNO News. May 24, 2017. Retrieved May 24, 2017. 
  30. ^ a b Donald, David, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 978-0-7607-0592-6, p. 94.
  31. ^ Wilkinson, Stephan, "The First Airliner to Go Supersonic," Aviation History, September 2011, p. 13.
  32. ^ "21 Dead in French Cable Car Crash," The Guardian, 1 July 1999 11:10 EDT
  33. ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, ISBN 978-0-517-56588-9, pp. 429-430.
  34. ^ "Today in History," The Washington Post Express, September 5, 2012, p. 28.
  35. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  36. ^ Famous People Who Died in Aviation Accidents: 1960s
  37. ^ "3 Killed as Plane Crashes in Air Show". The New York Times. September 25, 1961. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  38. ^ "100,000 See 3 Die in Crash at Air Show". The Los Angeles Times. September 25, 1961. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  39. ^ "30 October 1961 - The Tsar Bomba". CTBTO Preparatory Commission. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  40. ^ Chinnery, Philip D., Vietnam: The Helicopter War, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1991, ISBN 978-1-55750-875-1, p. 6.
  41. ^ Mondey, David, ed., The Complete Illustrated History of the World's Aircraft, Secaucus, New Jersey: Chartwell Books, Inc., 1978, ISBN 0-89009-771-2, p. 74.
  42. ^ Hallion, Richard P., "Across the Hypersonic Divide," Aviation History, July 2012, pp. 36-37.
  43. ^ Aviation Safety Network Hijacking Description
  44. ^ Gardiner, Robert, Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947–1982, Part One: The Western Powers, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1983, ISBN 0-87021-918-9, p. 28.
  45. ^ Aviation Safety Network Hijacking Description
  46. ^ Chinnery, Philip D., Vietnam: The Helicopter War, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1991, ISBN 978-1-55750-875-1, p. 7.
  47. ^ a b Chinnery, Philip D., Vietnam: The Helicopter War, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1991, ISBN 978-1-55750-875-1, p. 8.
  48. ^ Donald, David, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 978-0-7607-0592-6, p. 274.
  49. ^ a b c d e f g h i Taylor 1961, p. 2.
  50. ^ Duffy and Kandalov 1996, p. 138.
  51. ^ Taylor 1961, p. 158.
  52. ^ Donald, David, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 978-0-7607-0592-6, p. 74.
  53. ^ Donald, David, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 978-0-7607-0592-6, p. 101.
  54. ^ Donald, David, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 978-0-7607-0592-6, p. 90.
  55. ^ David, Donald, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Nobles Books, 1997, ISBN 0-7607-0592-5, p. 110.
  56. ^ a b c d e f g h Taylor 1962, p. 2.
  57. ^ Donald, David, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 978-0-7607-0592-6, p. 97.
  58. ^ Polmar, Norman, "Historic Aircraft: The King of the Sea", Naval History, February 2012, p. 12.
  • Duffy, Paul and Andrei Kandalov. Tupolev The Man and His Aircraft. Shrewsbury, UK: Airlife, 1996. ISBN 1-85310-728-X.
  • Taylor, John W. R. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1961–62. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Ltd., 1961.
  • Taylor, John W. R. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1962–63. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Ltd., 1962.