Aviation in 1964
President Johnson reveals the existence of the Lockheed A11
high altitude high-speed reconnaissance aircraft.
Jerrie Mock finishes her 29 day flight in her Cessna 180
Spirit of Columbus. Landing at Columbus, Ohio she becomes the
first woman pilot to fly solo round the world.
Jacqueline Cochran sets a new world speed record for women
over a 15/25 kilometre course of 2,300kph (1,499mph). Her
aircraft is a Lockheed F104G Starfighter.
American Joan Merriam becomes the second woman to fly solo
round the world. She takes 56 days to complete the journey in
a route originally planned by Amelia Earhart. She makes the
flight in a Piper Apache.
The Kenya Air Force is officially established, with British
A.H. Parker, flying an Arlington Sisu 1A, sets the first
flight distance record over 1,000 kilometre in a glider
(sailplane) of 1,040 kilometres (646 miles).
2 & 4 August
United States destroyers are attacked by North Vietnamese
patrol boats. The attacks are largely countered by air
President Johnson orders United States carrier aircraft to
attack North Vietnamese naval bases as retaliation for the
two earlier attacks on United States destroyers.
Turkish aircraft attack Greek Cypriot positions on Cyprus,
but the United Nations intervenes and the attacks stop.
The Soviets launch Voskhod 1 into earth orbit. This is the
first launch to carry a multiple crew - Vladimir Komarov,
Konstantin Feoktistov and Boris Yegorov, who operate without
spacesuits during the mission.
The People's Republic of China detonates its first atomic
The first flight of the General Dynamics F111A.
President Johnson approves development of the Lockheed CX-HLS
military transport, which later becomes the C5A Galaxy.