1954 in Aviation History

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1954 in aviation

This is a list of aviation-related events from 1954:


The United States Navy adopts the probe-and-drogue aerial refueling system.


January 10 - a de Havilland Comet 1, operating BOAC Flight 781, crashes into the Mediterranean Sea near Elba following fatigue failure, killing all 35 people aboard.


April 1 - last operational flight by an RAF Spitfire, a photo-reconnaissance sortie against bandits in Malaya.
April 8 - 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.
April 8 - a Royal Canadian Air Force Canadair Harvard collides with a Trans-Canada Airlines Canadair North Star over Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, killing 36 people on the aircraft and 1 person on the ground.


May 1 - The Myasishchev M-4, the first Soviet bomber designed to reach the United States and return to the Soviet Union, is displayed to the public for the first time. In reality, it lacks the range to reach the United States and return.


June 2 - Yugoslavian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15s attack a Belgian Douglas DC-3, which lands in Austria.
June 21 - three USAF B-47 Stratojets cross the Pacific Ocean in under 15 hours.


July 1 - The Japan Air Self-Defense Force is founded.
July 22 - a Cathay Pacific Airways Douglas DC-4 is shot down near Hainan Island.
July 26 - Soviet Air Force Lavochkin La-7s attack two US Navy A-1 Skyraiders searching for survivors from the CPA flight. The Skyraiders in response shoot down the La-7s.


September 5 - KLM Flight 633, a Lockheed L1049 Super Constellation, ditches after takeoff from Shannon Airport in Ireland, killing 28 of 56 on board.


November 2 - the VTOL Convair XFY transitions from vertical to horizontal flight and back.
November 7 - Soviet Air Force MiG-15s shoot down a USAF B-29 Superfortress off Hokkaidō, claiming it was spying.
November 17 - a B-47 is forced by bad weather to remain aloft for 47 hours 35 minutes, needing nine aerial refuellings.


December 25 - BOAC Boeing 377 Stratocruiser G-ALSA crashes on landing at Glasgow Prestwick Airport, killing 28 of the 36 passengers and crew onboard.

First flights


March 4 - Lockheed XF-104, prototype of the F-104 Starfighter.


June 14 - PAC Fletcher.


July 15 - Boeing 367-80, prototype of the Boeing 707 and Boeing C-135 families.


August 3 - Rolls-Royce Thrust Measuring Rig (free flight).
August 4 - English Electric P.1, prototype of the English Electric Lightning.
August 23 - Lockheed YC-130 Hercules, from Palmdale, CA to Edwards Air Force Base.


September 29 - McDonnell F-101A Voodoo, flown by test pilot Robert C. Little.


October 3 - Douglas XF4D-1.
October 6 - Fairey FD.2.

Entered service

Tupolev Tu-16 with Soviet Air Force.


Supermarine Swift with No. 56 Squadron RAF.


FJ Fury with VF-173.
September 27 - F-100 Super Sabre with 479th Fighter Day Wing.

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