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1967 Chronology of Aviation History
Major Aviation Events

1967 Events

  • 1967 — The Canadian Golden Centennaires aerobatic team is formed and performs all year to celebrate the Canadian Centennial year. [1]

  • 1967 — Boeing opens its biggest factory (largest building by volume), the Boeing Everett Factory, in Everett, Washington. [1]

January 1967

  • January 1 — The United States conducts a 48-hour stand down of air operations over Vietnam for the New Year holiday. [1]

  • January 2 — In the biggest air battle to date in the Vietnam War, seven North Vietnamese Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Fishbeds are destroyed by U.S. Air Force McDonnell F-4C Phantom II fighters of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing in Operation Bolo. [1]

  • January 2 — The contracts for the development of the Boeing SST supersonic transport and its engines are awarded. [1]

February 1967

  • February 12 — Operation Pershing begins against Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army units in Bình Ðịnh and Quảng Ngãi provinces in South Vietnam; it will last until January 1968. The U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) takes part alongside other U.S. Army, South Vietnamese Army, and South Korean Army units. [1]

  • February 13 — United States President Lyndon B. Johnson orders a six-day halt of American bombing raids over Vietnam during the visit of Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin to London. [1]

  • February 16 — Garuda Indonesia Flight 708, a Lockheed L-188A Electra, crashes on landing at Manado on Sulawesi in Indonesia, killing 22 of the 92 people on board. [1]

  • February 21 — McDonnell Aircraft completes the 2,000th McDonnell F-4 Phantom II. [1]

  • February 22 — 845 troops of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade take part in Operation Junction City, the only paratrooper assault of the Vietnam War. [1]

  • February 26 — U.S. Navy Grumman A-6 Intruders of Attack Squadron 35 (VA-35) drop naval mines in the mouth of the Sông Cái and Gianh rivers. The aerial mining of five North Vietnamese waterways will be completed by mid-April. [1]

March 1967

  • March — The Martin Marietta AGM-62 Walleye television-guided glide bomb is used in combat for the first time when U.S. Navy aircraft in Vietnam employ it in an attack on enemy barracks at Sam Lon. [1]

  • March 5 — Varig Airlines Flight 837, a Douglas DC-8-33, crashes on approach to Roberts International Airport in Monrovia, Liberia, killing 51 of the 90 people on board and five people on the ground. [1]

  • March 5 — A propeller fails aboard Lake Central Flight 527, a Convair CV-580, causing its blades to penetrate the cabin and sever control cables. The airliner crashes near Marseilles, Ohio, killing all 38 people on board. [1]

  • March 9 — Trans World Airlines Flight 553, a Douglas DC-9-15, collides in mid-air with a Beechcraft Baron over Concord Township near Urbana, Ohio. All 25 people on the Douglas DC-9 and the Beechcraft Baron's sole occupant die. The accident leads the Federal Aviation Administration to place speed restrictions on aircraft flying below 10,000 feet (3,048 m) and contributes to its decision to create Terminal Control Areas. [1]

  • March 10 — American aircraft attack the steel and iron works at Thái Nguyên, North Vietnam, for the first time. [1]

  • March 10 — West Coast Airlines Flight 720, a Fokker F-27 Friendship, crashes on Stukel Mountain just after takeoff in a mix of snow and rain from Klamath Falls Airport in Klamath Falls, Oregon, due to icing of its wings and control surfaces, killing all four people on board. [1]

  • March 13 — The pilot of South African Airways Flight 406, a Vickers Viscount 818, suffers a heart attack while the airliner is on approach to East London, South Africa. The co-pilot is unable to regain control of the Viscount, and it crashes into the Indian Ocean off the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, killing all 25 people on board. [1]

April 1967

  • April 7 — After a Syrian mortar attack against the Israeli farming community of Gadot escalates into a general exchange of tank and artillery fire all along the Syrian-Israeli border, Israeli Air Force Dassault Mirage III fighter-bombers conduct bombing attacks against Syrian Army positions. A large force of Syrian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Fishbed fighters responds. Within minutes, the Dassault Mirage IIIs shoot down six Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Fishbeds and chase the survivors as far as the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, before breaking off pursuit. [1]

  • April 7-22 — The U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) conducts Operation Lejeune, a helicopter and ground assault against Viet Cong forces in Quảng Ngãi Province, South Vietnam. [1]

  • April 10 — The chief of the Egyptian Air Force arrives in Damascus, Syria; the Premier of Egypt will join him there on April 18. Although their visit allegedly is work out plans for a common stand against Israel by Syria and Egypt, the Egyptian officials actually warn Syria against further attacks on Israel. [1]

  • April 10 — Gates Rubber Company acquires a controlling interest in Lear Jet Industries. [1]

  • April 18 — Aeroflot and Japan Air Lines jointly inaugurate a Moscow-Tokyo service. [1]

  • April 20 — American aircraft attack power plants in Haiphong, North Vietnam, for the first time. [1]

  • April 20 — Making its third attempt to land at Nicosia Airport during a violent thunderstorm, a Globe Air Bristol Britannia 313 crashes south of the airport near Lakatamia, Cyprus, killing 126 of the 130 people on board and seriously injuring three of the four survivors. [1]

  • April 25 — A U.S. Air Force 551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing Lockheed EC-121H Warning Star crashes in the Atlantic Ocean off Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing 15 of the 16-man crew. [1]

  • April 27 — U.S. Navy aircraft strike Kep airfield in Cambodia and U.S. Air Force aircraft attack Hòa Lạc airfield in southern South Vietnam. [1]

  • April 28 — The Douglas Aircraft Company and McDonnell Aircraft Corporation merge to form the McDonnell-Douglas Corporation. [1]

May 1967

  • May — U.S. Navy "Alpha strikes" against North Vietnam become routine. [1]

  • May 1 — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration signs a contract with the Boeing Company for the construction of two Boeing 2707 supersonic transports. [1]

  • May 15 — As the possibility of war with Israel looms, President of Egypt Gamel Abdel Nasser places the Egyptian Air Force and Egyptian Army on full nationwide alert. [1]

  • May 18 — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces crew members for the first manned Apollo program space mission, Apollo 7. They are Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Donn F. Eisele, and R. Walter Cunningham. [1]

  • May 20 — American aircraft strike military targets in downtown Hanoi. [1]

  • May 23 — United States President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration prohibits any American air attacks within a 10-mile (16-km) radius of Hanoi.[10]. [1]

  • May 31 — A U.S. Air Force Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker makes an emergency refueling of six U.S. Navy jets. [1]

June 1967

  • June — Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG fighters in North Vietnam withdraw to bases in the People's Republic of China. [1]

  • June 3 — The Air Ferry Douglas DC-4 (G-APYK) on a charter flight from Manston Airport to Perpignan, crashes into Mount Canigou, France, killing all 88 passengers and crew. [1]

  • June 4 — The British Midland Airways Canadair C-4 Argonaut (G-ALHG) suffers a fuel system problem and crashes in Hopes Carr, Stockport, England, killing 72 of the 84 people on board and seriously injuring all 12 survivors. [1]

  • June 5 — The Six-Day War begins between Israel and her Arab neighbors Egypt, Jordan, and Syria; Israel has 286 combat aircraft, while Egypt has 430, Syria has 127, and Jordan has 24. Israel opens the war with an 80-minute series of surprise preemptive Israeli Air Force strikes against Egyptian Air Force bases which destroy over 250 Egyptian aircraft, almost all of them on the ground, kill some 100 of Egypt's 350 combat pilots, destroy 23 radar and surface-to-air missile sites, and crater the runways of ten major air bases. Egypt is caught with only five aircraft - the Egyptian Air Force's Ilyushin Il-14 Crate airborne command post and four unarmed trainers - airborne, and the trainers are shot down. Twenty-eight Egyptian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiGs get into the air, but Israeli aircraft shoot 12 of them down and the remainder crash when they cannot find a serviceable runway to land on; the Il-14 Create lands at Cairo International Airport, the only Egyptian plane to land safely anywhere during the morning. The Egyptian Air Force is knocked out of the war. Israel loses 19 aircraft during the strikes - two Dassault Mystères in air-to-air combat, one Sud Aviation Vautour to ground fire, and 16 to non-combat causes. [1]

  • June 5 — The Royal Jordanian Army shells Israel's Rama David Airbase and 16 Royal Jordanian Air Force Hawker Hunters attack Israeli airbases and villages around Netanya, Kfar Sirkin, and Kfar Saba, destroying one Nord Noratlas transport plane. After the Jordanian planes return to base, Israeli Air Force aircraft diverted from operations against Egypt attack their bases at Amman and Mafraq, shooting down two Hawker Hunters, destroying 16 more and extensively damaging the remaining six, all on the ground, and also destroying two helicopters and three light transport aircraft on the ground. American pilots fly five Lockheed F-104 Starfighters in Jordan they have not yet turned over to the Jordanians to Turkey as soon as the war begins, and Jordan is left with no operational combat aircraft. [1]

  • June 5 — In the afternoon, the Israeli Air Force attacks all five Syrian Air Force bases, destroying 51 fighters, two bombers, and two helicopters on the ground, putting all the bases out of service, and shooting down four Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 Fresco fighters in air-to-air combat. It also attacks airbases in western Iraq, destroying 20 more aircraft there. Israel loses one Mystère. Israel's successful attacks on its opponents allow the Israeli Air Force to focus on ground-attack missions for the remainder of the war. [1]

  • June 5 — Israeli Air Force Aérospatiale Super Frelon and Sikorsky S-58 helicopters carry 150 Israeli Army paratroopers into action in operations to reduce Egyptian Army positions around Umm Katef in the Sinai Peninsula. [1]

  • June 5 — Boeing delivers its 1,000th jet airliner, a Boeing 707-120B built for American Airlines. [1]

  • June 6 — Israeli aircraft mount heavy strikes against Royal Jordanian Army tanks in Jordan's Dotan Valley. [1]

  • June 7 — Israeli aircraft conduct heavy strikes against Syrian trench lines and bunkers in the Golan Heights. [1]

  • June 7 — Three Israeli Air Force Nord Noratlas transport planes land on the runway at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, and discharge paratroopers, who seize the Egyptian base there. Later in the day, Israeli helicopters land paratroopers at nearby El-Tor, which they also capture. [1]

  • June 8 — In the USS Liberty Incident, Israeli Air Force aircraft join Israeli Navy torpedo boats in attacking the U.S. Navy technical research ship USS Liberty (AGTR-5) in the Mediterranean Sea north of the Sinai Peninsula. Liberty suffers heavy damage, with 34 of her crew killed and 171 wounded. [1]

  • June 8 — Israeli Air Force planes fly continuously over the Suez Canal, attacking Egyptian Army forces attempting to retreat across it. Heavy Egyptian antiaircraft fire shoots down three Dassault Ouragans and two Dassault Mystères. [1]

  • June 9 — The Israeli Air Force mounts a large, continuous attack against Syrian Army defensive positions in the Golan Heights, employing high-explosive bombs and napalm, and dropping bombs designed to crater runways on Syrian bunkers. [1]

  • June 10 — The Six-Day War ends in a complete Israeli triumph. During the war, the Arab countries have lost 452 aircraft, while Israel has lost 46. [1]

  • June 17 — The Vietnam War's heaviest air attacks in nine months are American strikes targeting railroads near Hanoi. [1]

  • June 18 — The first regularly scheduled winter flight to Antarctica takes place, when the U.S. Navy Lockheed C-130L Hercules City of Christchurch - with the commander of U.S. Naval Support Force Antarctica, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral James Lloyd Abbot, Jr., in the cockpit alongside its pilot - flies from Christchurch, New Zealand, to McMurdo Station with 22 people (including two parties of scientists riding as passengers), 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg) of mail, and almost 3,000 pounds (1,361 kg) of fresh food on board. All previous winter flights to Antarctica had been solely for the emergency evacuation of medical patients. The aircraft returns to Christchurch the following day.. [1]

  • June 23 — Mohawk Airlines Flight 40, a BAC 1-11 (N204AF) crashes at Blossburg, Pennsylvania, due to a non-return valve failure, killing all 34 passengers and crew. It is the deadliest accident in the history of Mohawk Airlines. [1]

  • June 30 — Thai Airways International Flight 601, a Sud Aviation Caravelle, crashes into the South China Sea while on approach to Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong, killing 24 of the 80 people on board and injuring all 56 survivors. [1]

July 1967

  • July 19 — The last U.S. Navy component of the Military Airlift Command, Air Transport Squadron 3, is disestablished at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey. Henceforth the Military Airlift Command consists only of U.S. Air Force components. [1]

  • July 19 — The Piedmont Airlines Boeing 727-22 Manhattan Pacemaker, operating as Flight 22 with 79 people on board, collides with a Lanseair, Inc., Cessna 310 with three people on board shortly after takeoff from Asheville Regional Airport in Asheville, North Carolina. Both aircraft crash, killing all 82 people on the two planes; among the dead on the Piedmont jet is John T. McNaughton, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and one of United States Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's closest advisers. The incident is the first major air accident investigated by the newly formed U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. [1]

  • July 29 — On Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin off North Vietnam, a flight deck fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59) kills 134 men, injures 161, destroys 21 aircraft, and knocks the ship out of action until April 1968. [1]

August 1967

  • August — United States President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration restricts all American bombing of targets in central Hanoi for two months, effective to October. [1]

  • August 7 — Aerolíneas Argentinas and Iberia Airlines jointly inaugurate the world's longest non-stop air route, between Buenos Aires and Madrid. [1]

  • August 9 — The world's first radar-equipped anti-submarine helicopter enters service, a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Westland Wessex HAS.3 with No. 814 Squadron. [1]

  • August 11 — Republic F-105 Thunderchiefs of the U.S. Air Force's 335th Tactical Fighter Wing cut the Paul Doumer Bridge in Hanoi, North Vietnam, using 100 tons (90.7 metric tons/tonnes) of bombs. [1]

  • August 19 — U.S. Marine Corps Captain Stephen W. Pless, piloting a Bell UH-1E Iroquois attack helicopter near Quang Ngai, South Vietnam, drives Viet Cong forces away from Americans stranded on a beach and then lands under heavy fire to rescue them. He will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions, and his crew will receive the Navy Cross. [1]

  • August 30 — American aircraft bomb North Vietnamese road, railroad, and canal traffic in an attempt to isolate Haiphong. [1]

  • August 30 — The Spanish Navy acquires the second aviation ship and first true aircraft carrier in its history when the United States loans the light aircraft carrier USS Cabot to Spain under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program; Spain will purchase the ship outright in 1973. Renamed Dédalo (R01), she will serve in the Spanish Navy until 1989. [1]

September 1967

  • September 1 — The U.S. Navy's first dedicated search-and-rescue squadron, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 7 (HC-7), is commissioned at Atsugi, Japan. It operates Kaman UH-2 Seasprite helicopters. Previously, all Navy search-and-rescue had been performed by helicopter antisubmarine squadrons.. [1]

  • September 11 — U.S. Navy aircraft strike the port facilities at Cấm Phả, North Vietnam, for the first time. [1]

  • September 22 — North American Aviation and the Rockwell-Standard Corporation merge to form the North American Rockwell Corporation. [1]

October 1967

  • October 3 — The U.S. Navy's first dedicated search-and-rescue squadron, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 7 (HC-7), makes its first rescue, saving an American airman downed in Haiphong Harbor, North Vietnam. [1]

  • October 3 — U.S. Air Force Major William J. Knight sets a new world airspeed record in the North American X-15A-2, reaching Mach 6.72 (4,520 mph, 7,274 km/h), and lands safely despite multiple structural failures that cause the X-15's scramjet module (Garrett AiResearch HRE "Hypersonic Ramjet Engine" aerodynamic mockup) to separate from the aircraft and damage the fuel-jettison system. It will prove to be the highest speed achieved by any aircraft at any time during the 20th century. [1]

  • October 8 — American aircraft strike Cat Bi airfield near Haiphong in North Vietnam for the first time. [1]

  • October 8 — The first helicopter gunship designed as such to see combat, the U.S. Army's Bell AH-1G Cobra, flies its first combat mission when two Bell AH-1G Cobras operating over South Vietnam escort U.S. Army transport helicopters, then support South Vietnamese troops by destroying four enemy fortifications and sinking 14 sampans. [1]

  • October 12 — The de Havilland DH.106 Comet 4B (G-ARCO), operating as Cyprus Airways Flight 284, breaks up in mid-air and crashes into the Mediterranean Sea 22 miles (35 km) south of Demre, Turkey, killing all 66 people on board. [1]

  • October 23 — American aircraft attack Phúc Yên airfield, North Vietnam's largest airfield, for the first time. [1]

November 1967

  • November 4 — Iberia Airlines Flight 062, Sud Aviation Caravelle (EC-BDD) operating a scheduled flight from Málaga Airport, Spain, to London Heathrow Airport, flies into Blackdown, Sussex, killing all 37 on board. [1]

  • November 6 — Trans World Airways Flight 159, a Boeing 707-131, aborts its takeoff from Greater Cincinnati Airport in Hebron, Kentucky, because of the co-pilot's fear that it had struck a disabled Delta Air Lines Douglas DC-9 on the runway during its takeoff roll. The 707 overruns the end of the runway and crashes, killing one and injuring 10 of the 36 people on board. [1]

  • November 8-9 (overnight) — Shot down by Viet Cong ground fire in an Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter and badly burned during a rescue mission southeast of Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, U.S. Air Force Captain Gerald O. Young deliberately draws attention to himself, then evades the enemy on the ground for hours to lead enemy forces away from other Americans on the ground and additional helicopters coming to rescue them. He will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions. [1]

  • November 15 — A North American X-15 on a high-altitude flight enters a spin at over Mach 5 and breaks up well above Mach 4, killing its pilot, U.S. Air Force Major Michael J. Adams. His is the only death during the North American X-15 program.. [1]

  • November 16 — American aircraft attack the shipyards at Haiphong, North Vietnam, for the first time. [1]

  • November 17 — American aircraft strike Bac Mai airfield near Hanoi for the first time. [1]

  • November 20 — Trans World Airlines Flight 128, a Convair 880, crashes in Constance, Kentucky, while on approach to Greater Cincinnati Airport, killing 70 of the 82 people on board. [1]

December 1967

  • December 4 — The LTV A-7A Corsair II strike aircraft enters combat for the first time, operating from the attack aircraft carrier USS Ranger over Vietnam. [1]

  • December 10 — Singer Otis Redding and four members of his Back-up band, The Bar-Kays, are among six people killed in the crash of a Beechcraft 18 into Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin. [1]

  • December 26 — The Soviet Union commissions its first helicopter carrier, Moskva. [1]

  • December 31 — The Royal Air Force's V bomber force begins to be dismantled, pending the deployment of the Polaris missile aboard Royal Navy submarines to act as Britain's nuclear deterrent. [1]

  • December 31 — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) begins initial talks to develop guidelines for a re-usable spaceplane. [1]

1967 First Flights

  • January 4 — Taylor Titch (G-ATYO). [1]

  • February 8 — Saab Viggen. [1]

  • February 10 — Dornier Do 31. [1]

  • March 3 — Beriev Be-30 (NATO reporting name "Cuff"). [1]

  • April 7 — SA.340, prototype of the Aérospatiale Gazelle. [1]

  • April 8 — Beagle B.121 Pup. [1]

  • April 9 — Boeing 737. [1]

  • April 21 — Rollason Beta. [1]

  • May — Fokker F28. [1]

  • May 12 — Aermacchi AM-3. [1]

  • June 10 — Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 prototype 23-11/1. [1]

  • June 30 — BAC One-Eleven Series 500 prototype (G-ASYD). [1]

  • August 18 — Handley Page Jetstream. [1]

  • October 5 — Shin Miewa SS-2. [1]

  • October 26 — BAC Stikemaster. [1]

  • November 18 — Dassault Mirage G. [1]

1967 Aircraft Entering Service

  • 1967 — Mil Mi-8. [1]

  • May 16 — Beechcraft U-21 Ute with United States Army. [1]

  • June — Bell AH-1G Cobra with the United States Army. [1]

  • July 18 — General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark with the U.S. Air Force's 448th Tactical Fighter Squadron; first variable-geometry wing aircraft to enter service, the first with terrain-following radar, and the first able to score direct hits in zero visibility on the first attempt. [1]

  • August — Tupolev Tu-134 with Aeroflot. [1]

  • September — Beechcraft Baron Model 56TC. [1]

  • September — Bell UH-1H Iroquois with United States Army. [1]

  • November 17 — BAC One-Eleven Series 500 with British European Airways (BEA). [1]

Works Cited

  1. Timeline and History: Wikipedia.1967 in Aviation.

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