Aviation in 1967
It is announced in the United States that Boeing has been
awarded a contract for the design of a Super Sonic Transport
(SST). General Electric will develop the engine.
The West German Air Force returns the Lockheed F104G
Starfighter to service.
Hindustan Aeronautics announces that it has begun assembly of
MiG21s from Soviet kits. The aircraft will be delivered to
the Indian Air Force.
Roger Chaffee, Virgil Grissom and Edward White all burn to
death during a ground accident in the Apollo 1 capsule.
The West German Air Force announce that all the ejection
seats in their Lockheed F104G Starfighter fleet will be
replaced with Martin-Baker GQ7 seats.
The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 1, but Colonel Vladimir
Komarov is killed when the spacecraft crashes on its return
to earth. This is the first known man to have died in the
course of a space flight.
The Boeing company delivers its 1,000th jet airliner, a Model
707-120B, to American Airlines.
The outbreak of the Arab-Israeli 'six day war': pre-emptive
strikes by Israeli Air Force virtually destroy all Egyptian,
Jordanian and Syrian air response to the attack.
The Chinese People's Republic detonates its first
Major William Knight of the United States Air Force (USAF)
flies the North American X15A-2 to its highest speed 7,297kph
The first emergency use of the crew module of a United States
Air Force (USAF) General Dynamics F111A takes place over
Texas. The two man crew remain within the module until it
reaches the ground and are unhurt.
The first flight of the Dassault Mirage G prototype at Istres
in France. This is the first modern aircraft of European
design which has variable-geometry wings.