February 6 - Turkish charter company Birgenair Flight 301 crashes in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic after takeoff. 189 people died.
February 29 - WestJet, a canadian airline, began operations.
the T-6 Texan II is selected as the new primary trainer for the United States armed forces.
Hildegarde Ferrera becomes the oldest person to parachute out of a plane, at 99 years old.
March 15 - The Fokker aircraft manufacturer is declared bankrupt.
March 21 - Tupolev and NASA begin joint research into civil supersonic transports using a refurbished Tupolev Tu-144
April 12 - Seven year old pilot Jessica Dubroff dies during attempt to set record as the youngest person to fly across the United States.
May 11 - Valujet Flight 592 crashes in the Florida Everglades.
June 9 - the Swedish Air Force opens a new pilot training centre at Såtenäs
July 13 - A Garuda Indonesia Airways DC-10 crashes on take-off from Fukuoka Airport, Japan, killing 3.
July 17 - TWA Flight 800, a Boeing 747 with 230 people aboard, explodes off the coast of New York.
August 29 - Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801 crashes into a mountain on Spitsbergen killing 141 people.
October 8 - three B-2 Spirits destroy 16 targets with 16 smart bombs at the Nellis AFB range.
November 12 - A Saudi Airlines Boeing 747 collides with a Kazakhstan Airlines Ilyushin IL-76, killing 349 people.
November 23 - Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 crashes in Comoros after it got hijacked on air, killing 125 people.
December 15 - the merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing is announced
December 24 - The 1996 New Hampshire Learjet crash which led to a 3-year search for the missing aircraft, and legislation requiring stricter ELT standards.
Boeing Bird of Prey
January 4 - RAH-66 Comanche
February 29 - Cessna Citation Excel
March 16 - MiG/MAPO MiG-AT
March 21 - Tupolev TU-214
March 29 - RQ-3 Dark Star
April 4 - Extra 400
April 5 - Lockheed C-130J
April 25 - Yakovlev Yak/AEM-130
May 1 - NASA ERAST ALTUS II
May 22 - Airbus A319
June 19 - Scaled Composites Boomerang
August 6 - Kawasaki OH-1
September 30 - Aero L-59 Super Albatros
October 29 - PZL SW-4 helicopter
November 29 - Tupolev TU-144LL
Saab JAS-39A Gripen
May 30 - Mirage IV-P Bombers of the Armée de l'Air are retired.
July 27 - the final General Dynamics F-111F attack aircraft are withdrawn from USAF service; on its retirement, the aircraft finally receives an official popular name: "Aardvark."
October 17 - The last airworthy Vickers Vanguard, G-APEP, makes the type's last flight.
December 19 - The US Navy retires it's Grumman A-6 Intruders.