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Chronology of Aviation History - 1962
1962 Major Aviation Events
1962 Major Aviation Events
January () — US Army CH-21 Shawnees are dispatched to Vietnam, the first US military aircraft to be deployed there
January 9 () — The de Havilland DH.121 Trident makes its maiden flight from Hatfield (Hertfordshire UK).
January 10-11 () — A Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is flown from Okinawa to Madrid, establishing a new distance record of 12,532 miles (20,168 km)
January 24 () — Two US Navy F-4 Phantoms are seconded to the US Air Force as the air force plans to adopt the type.
February 20 () — John Glenn becomes the first US astronaut to orbit the earth in Mercury Atlas 6
April 9 () — The United States Marine Corps' involvement in the Vietnam War begins when HMM-362 arrived at Soc Trang south of Saigon (South Vietnam).
April 26 () — Lou Schalk pilots the 1st unofficial flight of the A-12 Article 121
April 30 () — Lou Schalk pilots the 1st official flight of the A-12 Article 121
June 3 () — An Air France Boeing 707 jet crashed shortly after take-off from Paris, killing 130.
June 19 () — Four Luftwaffe F-104 Starfighters collided and crashed, killing all 4 pilots.
July 7 () — A Soviet Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-152 sets a new airspeed record of 2,681 km/h (1,666 mph)
July 17 () — Major Robert M. White (USAF), pilots the North American X-15 to a record altitude of 314 750 feet (59 miles, 96 km).
July 25 () — The US Army forms its first armed helicopter company, using UH-1 Hueys
September 18 () — United States Armed Forces are directed by the United States Department of Defense to use a unified designation system for aircraft.
October 14 () — A US Air Force Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance flight over Cuba reveals the presence of launch pads for Medium Range Ballistic Missiles, triggering the Cuban Missile Crisis.
October 24 () — Aircraft carriers USS Enterprise, USS Independence, USS Essex, and USS Randolph take part in blockading Cuba.
October 26 () — The last B-52 off the production line is delivered to the US Air Force
October 27 () — A USAF U-2 is shot down over Cuba
December 8 () — British troops are airlifted to Borneo to quell uprisings in the region
1962 First Flights
January 9 () — First flight of the Hawker Siddeley "Trident"
April 14 () — First flight of the Bristol Type 188
June () — First flight of the Jovair J-2
June 29 () — First flight of the Vickers VC10 (G-ARTA)
August 10 () — First flight of the Bell 533
August 13 () — First flight of the Hawker Siddeley HS.125 (G-ARYA)
September 19 () — First flight of the Aero Spacelines "Pregnant Guppy"
October 12 () — First flight of the Dassault "Balzac" (tethered flight)
October 28 () — First flight of the Westland "Wasp"
December 7 () — First flight of the Aérospatiale "Super Frelon"
December 22 () — First flight of the Lockheed A-12 "Oxcart"
December 24 () — First flight of the Aérospatiale N 262
1962 Aircraft Entering Service
March 18 () — The Convair CV-990 "Coronado" entered service with American Airlines
June () — The McDonnell F4H-1 "Phantom II" entered service with US Marine Corps VMF(AW)-314
July 1 () — The Boeing Vertol 107 entered service with New York Airways
- Gunston, Bill, et al. Chronicle of Aviation. Liberty, Missouri: JL Publishing Inc., 1992. 14-17
- Parrish, Wayne W. (Publisher). "United States Chronology". 1962 Aerospace Yearbook, Forty-Third Annual Edition. Washington, DC: American Aviation Publications, Inc., 1962, 446-469.
- Wikipedia, 1962 in aviation
- Shupek, John (photos and card images), The Skytamer Archive. Skytamer.com, Whittier, CA
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