Aviation in 1968
A United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing B52 Stratofortress,
carrying four nuclear weapons, crashes on sea ice on its
approach to Thule Air Force Base in Greenland.
General Dynamics F111A aircraft are used operationally for
the first time in Vietnam and two are lost by the end of the
Colonel Yuri Gagarin, first man in space, is killed when his
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG15 UTI crashes near Kirzhatsk, north of
A Grumman Gulfstream II lands at London Gatwick after
completing a 5,633 kilometre (3,500 mile) flight from
Teterboro in New Jersey, becoming the first executive jet to
make a non-stop transatlantic flight.
The Lockheed C5A Galaxy makes its first flight from Dobbins
Air Force Base in Georgia.
France detonates a two-megaton thermonuclear device in the
atmosphere over Mururoa Atoll.
The 3,000th production McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom II is
delivered to the United States Navy (USN).
The New York City Police celebrate 20 years of helicopter use
in law enforcement.
Apollo 7 is launched with astronauts Walter Schirra, Don
Eisele and Walter Cunningham.
A live transmission from space: Apollo 7 crew Walter Schirra,
Donn Eisele and Walt Cunningham hold up cards reading "Keep
those cards and letters coming in, folks".
In an effort to help peace talks President Johnson orders a
cessation of all air and naval bombardment of North Vietnam.
8 is launched, carrying astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell
and William Anders on a 6 day 3 hour 1 minute mission which
includes a flight around the Moon.
A prototype Tupolev Tu144 Super Sonic Transport (SST) makes
its first flight and the Soviets become the first nation to
fly a supersonic transport aircraft.