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Chronicle of Aviation History for 1958
1957 Master Index 1959

Chronology of Aviation History - 1958
1958 Major Aviation Events


1958 Major Aviation Events

  • January — Gulfstream Aerospace founded in Savannah, Georgia, USA.

  • January — London Gatwick Airport opens after two years of extensive reconstruction. It is the first multimodal airport in the world, with direct rail connections from the main terminal to London and Brighton.

  • January 14 — Qantas becomes the first foreign airline permitted to fly across the United States

  • February 13 — The British Ministry of Defence White Paper makes Britain's nuclear weapons programme public knowledge.

  • March 17 — Air Inter commences operations

  • May 16 — Cpt W. W. Irwin sets a new airspeed record of 1,404 mph (2,259 km/h) in a F-104 Starfighter, the first record over 2,000 km/h

  • May 17 — Four McDonnell F3H Demons and four F8U Crusaders make a non-stop crossing of the Atlantic

  • May 23 — The Short S.C.1 VTOL aircraft makes its first hovering flight

  • September 30 — Britain's last flying boat is withdrawn from commercial service when Aquila Airways terminated its service on the Southampton--Funchal (Madeira) route.

1958 First Flights

  • March 5 — First flight of the Yakovlev Yak-28

  • March 5 — First flight of the Aerfer Ariete

  • March 25 — First flight of the Avro CF-105 Arrow (RL201) made its maiden flight in Malton (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

  • April 22 — First flight of the Boeing Vertol 107-II

  • April 30 — First flight of the Blackburn Buccaneer (XK486)

  • May 12 — First flight of the Dassault "Mirage III"

  • May 27 — First flight of the McDonnell XF4H-1

  • June 9 — First flight of the Agusta AZ8-L

  • July 30 — First flight of the de Havilland Canada DHC-4 "Caribou" (CF-KTK-X)

  • August 31 — First flight of the North American A3J-1 "Vigilante"

  • September 16 — First flight of the North American NA-265-40 "Sabreliner"

  • November — First flight of the Adams-Wilson Hobbycopter

  • December 4 — First flight of the Baade B-152 V1 Prototype

1958 Aircraft Entering Service

  • January — The Lockheed F-104 "Starfighter" entered service with the 83rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron USAF at Hamilton AFB

  • April 9 — The Handley Page "Victor" entered service with No. 10 Squadron RAF at RAF Cottesmore

  • April 21 — The Vertol Model 44 entered service with New York Airways

  • May 26 — The Republic F-105B "Thunderchief" entered service with the 335th Tactical Fighter Squadron USAF at Eglin AFB

  • August — The Boeing 707 entered service with Pan Am

  • November — The de Havilland "Sea Vixen" entered service to 700 Naval Air Squadron

  • December — The Lockheed L-188 "Electra" entered service with American Airlines

Works Cited
  1. Gunston, Bill, et al. Chronicle of Aviation. Liberty, Missouri: JL Publishing Inc., 1992. 14-17
  2. Parrish, Wayne W. (Publisher). "United States Chronology". 1962 Aerospace Yearbook, Forty-Third Annual Edition. Washington, DC: American Aviation Publications, Inc., 1962, 446-469.
  3. Wikipedia, 1958 in aviation
  4. Shupek, John (photos and card images), The Skytamer Archive., Whittier, CA

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