January 1 - British Aircraft Corporation, Hawker Siddeley, and Scottish Aviation are absorbed into British Aerospace
January 1 - Air India Flight 855, a Boeing 747, crashes into ocean near Bombay, killing 213.
April 1 - The Canadian Snowbirds aerobatic team officially becomes the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron.
April 18 - the Vickers Viscount becomes the first turboprop airliner to see 25 years in service
April 20 - a Korean Airlines Boeing 707 makes a crash landing after being attacked by Soviet fighters over the Kola Peninsula. Two passengers are killed.
April 26 - VP-23 Crashes into the water, possibly due to engine trouble, near NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (BUNO:152724) Killing LTJG. Michael Dziubak, with six other members of his VP-23 flight AP6Q in a P3 plane.
May 20 - McDonnell Douglas delivers its 5,000th F-4 Phantom aircraft, twenty years after the first flight of the prototype.
July 1-19 - Frank Haile Jr and William Wisner fly two Beechcraft Bonanzas around the world in formation.
July 11 - the UK government agrees to fund development of the BAe 146
July 14 - after receiving orders from United Airlines, Boeing begins full-scale development of the Boeing 767
August 12-17 - Ben Abruzzo and crew make the first transatlantic crossing by balloon, taking 5 days 17 hours to travel from Presque Island, Maine USA to Evreux, France in the Double Eagle II
September 3 - an Air Rhodesia Vickers Viscount is shot down by members of Joshua Nkomo's Patriotic Front using a SA-7 surface-to-air missile. The ten passengers who survived the crash are shot dead.
September 25 - Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182, a Boeing 727 airliner, collides with a Cessna 172 over San Diego, California. There were no survivors on either plane, and with the seven fatalities on the ground the total number of lives lost was 144, making it the worst air disaster in California history to date.
October 30 - the Indian government approves the purchase of the SEPECAT Jaguar for the Indian Air Force
November 20 - the US Air Force orders development of the KC-10 Extender
December 7 - PSA Flight 1771 crashes near Cayucos, California, killing all 43 on board. A disgruntled passenger shoots his ex-boss on the flight, then shoots both pilots and himself.
December 28 - United Airlines Flight 173 crashes in Portland, Oregon. Aircraft ran out of fuel while crew trouble shooted landing gear indicator problems.
December 29 - Freddie To makes the first flight of a solar-powered aircraft, the Solar One
January 11 - American Jet Industries Hustler N400AJ
February 14 - Cessna 303
March 10 - Dassault Mirage 2000 2000-01
April 10 - Sikorsky S-72 NASA545 (2nd aircraft)
June 30 - Rutan Defiant
July 6 - NASA QSRA NASA715
August 12 - Pilatus PC-7 HB-HAO
August 20 - Aerospatiale Fouga 90 F-WZJB
August 20 - British Aerospace Sea Harrier XZ450
September 13 - Aérospatiale Super Puma F-WZJA
November 8 - Canadair CL-600 Challenger C-GCGR-X
November 9 - AV-8B Harrier II
November 18 - McDonnell Douglas YF-18A Hornet 160775
December 19 - Beriev A-50
December 30 - General Avia Canguro I-KANG
January 26 - Westland Lynx with No. 702 Squadron FAA
HU-25 Guardian with United States Coast Guard
June 28 - Dassault Super Étendard with the Aéronavale
August 20 - BAe Sea Harrier