Aviation in 1977
The first operational Boeing E3A Airborne Warning and Control
System (AWACS) aircraft is delivered to the United States Air
The world's greatest air tragedy occurs when two Boeing 747's
collide on the runway at Santa Cruz Airport in Tenerife,
killing 579 people.
The 10,000th Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft is rolled out of the
company's plant, 31 years after the prototype's first flight
in December 1945.
Concorde makes a special flight from New York to Paris on the
50th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's flight of the same
route. Whereas Lindbergh took 33 hours 29 minutes, Concorde
took just 3 hours 44 minutes.
The first operational Republic A10 Thunderbolt aircraft is
delivered to the United States Air Force (USAF).
United States President Jimmy Carter gives permission to
British Airline entrepreneur Freddie Laker for the trial of a
low cost airline 'Skytrain' service across the North
The Soviet Union's Cosmos 918 satellite is launched and
intercepts the Cosmos 909 target, which was launched on 19
United States President Carter announces the cancellation of
the B1 bomber project, favouring instead cruise missiles in
place of the piloted bomber.
Patricia Undall and Nan Gaylord win the 30th and final annual
women's United States transcontinental air race, nicknamed
'The Powder Puff Derby'.
Gossamer Condor, designed by Dr Paul MacCready in the United
States and piloted by racing cyclist Bryan Allen, wins the
£50,000 Kremer prize for the first 1.6 kilometre (1 mile)
figure-of-eight flight by a man-powered aircraft.
Alexander Fedotov climbs to 123,524 feet in a Mikoyan Ye266M,
a world record altitude for air-breathing craft.
86 hostages are freed from a Lufthansa Boeing 737 at
Mogadishu in Somalia after the aircraft is stormed by West
German and British soldiers, killing four terrorists of the
Red Army Faction. The plane was seized in the previous week,
while flying from Majorca to Frankfurt.
numerous legal challenges against noise pollution, Air France
and British Airways are finally allowed to operate a regular
Concorde service to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.
Eastern Airlines in the United States inaugurates services,
with Airbus A300B4 aircraft leased from the manufacturer,
opening American markets to the Airbus machines.