Aviation in 1979
The first General Dynamics F16A fighter is handed over to the
United States Air Force (USAF).
Production of the A4 Skyhawk ends after 26 years, with the
delivery of the 2,690th and final aircraft to the United
States Marine Corps (USMC).
The Boeing 757 enters into production, after an order from
The 16th and last Concorde makes it's first flight.
In a serious accident on take-off from Chicago Airport,
involving a McDonnell Douglas DC10 which loses its engine -
the aircraft is lost and the type is grounded for safety
first production Panavia Tornado GR1 rolls off the production
The Gossamer Albatross, designed and built by Dr Paul
MacCready, wins the £100,000 Kremer prize for a first
crossing of the English Channel by a man powered craft.
The McDonnell Douglas F15 Eagle makes its combat debut,
serving with the Israeli Air force, they destroy five Syrian
The McDonnell Douglas DC10 is re-cleared for flight, after
being grounded on 25 May following an accident.
Steve Hinton sets a new speed record for piston engined
airplanes when he flies his North American P51D Mustang 'Red
Baron', modified with a new engine, at 499mph, which is
nearly 22mph faster than the previous record.
Another McDonnell Douglas DC10 crash raises doubts about the
airliner's safety. The Air New Zealand DC10 left Auckland at
0810hrs on the 28 November for a routine sight-seeing flight
over the Antarctic. The aircraft crashed into a mountainside,
killing all 237 passengers and 20 crewmembers.
Soviet airborne troops invade Kabul in the beginning of the
Soviet conflict in Afghanistan. Five Soviet regiments are
airlifted into Afghanistan and the Soviet/Afghan border, in
over 100 flights by Russian transport aircraft.