Aviation in 1952
first all cargo air service across the North Atlantic is
inaugurated by Pan American World Airways (Pan-Am) using
Douglas DC6s pressurised aircraft.
North American F86 Sabre jet fighters shoot down ten
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG15s over North Korea.
All United States Air Force (USAF) combat aircraft are ready
or almost already to carry atomic weapons.
No.14 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), equipped
with de Havilland Vampire jet fighters, will be stationed
with British forces in the Middle East area.
An Air France
airliner is attacked by Russian jet fighters near Koennern in
the Frankfurt-Berlin international air corridor.
Pan American World Airways inaugurates its Rainbow tourist
fare services to Europe with Douglas DC6 airliners.
Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG15 jet fighters attack a Swedish
Consolidated Catalina amphibian.
world's largest non-rigid airship (ZPN1) is delivered by the
Goodyear Aircraft Company to the United States Navy (USN).
A civil aviation agreement between Britain and Denmark is
signed in London.
The Portuguese Air Force is formed, with the unification of
Portuguese Arma da Aeronautica and Aviacao Maritima.
58 Republic F84 Thunderjets make a trans-ocean flight of
10,895 miles, with seven stops, from Georgia in the United
States to Yokota in Japan.
first helicopter crossing of the North Atlantic is made by by
Captain Vincent H. McGovern and Lieutenant Harold Moore,
flying Sikorsky S55 helicopters from Massachusetts to
Ayrshire in 42 hours 25 minutes.
The United States Air Force (USAF) announces that it has
successfully flown free balloons at controlled constant
altitudes in the stratosphere, for periods of over 3 days.
The first non-stop transpacific flight by a jet aircraft is
completed by a North American RB45 flying from Alaska to
The United States and Japan sign a civil aviation agreement.
The United States Air Force (USAF) announces the full-scale
production of the Boeing B52 Stratofortress aircraft.
A Belfast to Gander to Belfast point to point record is set
by Wing Commander R.P. Beamont in an English Electric
Canberra. He covers 4,144 miles in 10 hours 3 minutes.
Qantas Empire Airways inaugurates a service from Sydney to
Johannesburg via Perth, the Cocos Islands and Mauritius.
The German Government approves the formation of a company to
make preparations for establishing and equipping a new
The Bell GAM-63 Rascal air-to-surface missile is launched for
the first time.
A Boeing B29 Superfortress bomber is shot down by Russian
fighters off Japan.
A United States ambulance aircraft is attacked by Russian
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG15s over Koennern.
The longest flight over water by single a engined jet fighter
is completed when 75 Republic F84s flying 2,575 miles from
Midway Island to Japan with air refuelling.
Pan American World Airways orders three de Havilland Comet
Details about the Rolls Royce Conway by-pass jet engine are
A F3D Skynight destroys a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG15 - the first
time a jet fighter intercepts at night successfully.
Captain J. Slade Nash establishes a new world speed record in
a F86D Sabre jet, averaging 698mph with four runs over 3
Arlid Viking of Scandinavian Air Lines System Douglas DC6B
flies from Los Angeles to Copenhagen in 28 hours 7 minutes.
A Douglas C47 transport aircraft is forced down by Soviet
fighters in Hungarian territory.
A Scandinavian Air Lines System Douglas DC6B flies from Los
Angeles to Copenhagen in 22 hours.
Six Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG15s are shot down by United States
North American F86 Sabres over North Korea. The United States
Air Force activates its first helicopter squadron.
86 of 116 men onboard are killed when a Douglas C124
Globemaster crashes at Moses Lake airfield.
A civil aviation agreement between Britain and Japan is