1969 in Aviation History

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1969 in aviation

This is a list of aviation-related events from 1969:


The Canadian Snowbirds aerobatic team is formed.
A fifth annual Harmon Trophy is created to honor the world's outstanding astronaut of the year and is awarded for the first time, honoring the outstanding astronauts of 1968.


March 3 - The United States Navy establishes TOPGUN.
March 18-19 - the Royal Air Force airlifts 300 troops to Anguilla in response to the civil unrest that had broken out on the island.


May 4-11 - the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race commemorates the 50th anniversary of Alcock and Brown's crossing. It is won by a Royal Navy F-4 Phantom, taking 4 hours 47 minutes.
May 26 - the US Army cancels the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne program, worth $US 900 million.


June 5 - US bombing of North Vietnam recommences, after a seven month ceasefire.


No. 1 Squadron RAF became the first operational fixed wing VTOL squadron in the world
July 20 - Neil Armstrong is the first man to walk on the moon.


August 16 - Darryl Greenamyer sets a new piston-engine airspeed record in a heavily modified F8F Bearcat named Conquest I. His record speed of 478 mph (769 km/h) topples a record that had stood for 30 years.
August 31 - World champion boxer Rocky Marciano dies when the plane in which he was a passenger crashes.


October 20 - Finnair introduces an inertial navigation system on its aircraft, becoming the first airline to dispense with the need for a navigator aboard.


December 18 - the England-Australia Commemorative Air Race is flown in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Smith brothers' flight. It is won by W. J. Bright and F. L. Buxton in a Britten-Norman Islander

First flights


February 9 - Boeing 747
February 12 - Mil Mi V-12


Aero Boero AB-115
March 2 - BAC-Aérospatiale Concorde


April 24 - Anderson Kingfisher


June 27 - Interceptor 400


August 30 - Tupolev Tu-22M


September 15 - Cessna FanJet500, the prototype which led to the Cessna Citation.
September 19 - Mil Mi-24, the most widely exported helicopter gunship.

Entered service


October 2 - Hawker-Siddeley Nimrod

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