1897 – Birth of James Fitz Morris, Scottish World War I fighter ace and instructor.
1926 – Varney Speed Lines begins operations in the U.S.; it will later become Continental Airlines.
1938 – First flight of the Bell P-39 Airacobra, a principal American fighter in service at the start of World War II. It is the first fighter in history with a tricycle undercarriage and the first to have the engine installed in the center fuselage, behind the pilot.
1962 – The Royal Canadian Air Force retires the last Canso flying boat (similar shown) at Downsview, Ontario.
1974 – Death of Sir Wilmot Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and businessman, World War I flying ace and founder of the Australian airline Qantas.
2012 – A McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet of the U.S. Navy crashes on take-off from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va. Both crew eject and the aircraft smashes into a block of apartment complexes, but no ground injuries are reported.