January 5, 1964 The Short Belfast, a four-turboprop transport, makes its first flight.
February 24, 1964 The Northrop F-5B, a two-seat version of the F-5, makes its first flight.
February 29, 1964 President Lyndon Johnson reveals the existence of the Lockheed A-11 version. The aircraft is later designated the YF-12A.
April 9, 1964 The de Havilland (Canada) DHC-5 Buffalo makes its first flight.
April 17, 1964 Geraldine Mock becomes the first woman to fly around the world solo. She covers 23,103 miles in 29 days.
May 1, 1964 A Lockheed P-3A Orion, piloted by Captain R. P. Ruehrmund, makes an 18-day, 26,550-nautical mile flight around the world.
May 7, 1964 The British Aerospace Super VC-10 makes its first flight.
May 11, 1964 Jacqueline Cochran sets a women's 15/25 kilometer course record at 1,429.2 miles per hour.
May 11, 1964 The North American XB-70 is rolled out.
May 25, 1964 The Ryan XV-5A makes its first flight.
June 4, 1964 Jacqueline Cochran sets two women's speed records: 1,302 miles per hour (100 kilometers) and 1,135 miles per hour (500 kilometers).
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July 16, 1964 A Ryan XV-5A research aircraft, which uses a "fan in wing" principle, makes a vertical takeoff, flies conventionally, hovers, and lands vertically. The aircraft will go on to an extensive test program, but no production type aircraft will ensue.
July 28-31, 1964 The Ranger 7 is launched to take photos of the moon. After 68 hours of flight, it crash-lands on the lunar surface.
August 2, 1964 North Vietnamese torpedo boats attack the USS Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin.
September 21, 1964 The North American XB-70A Valkyrie makes its first flight.
September 27, 1964 The British Aerospace TSR.2, the British equivalent of the F-111, makes its first flight.
September 28, 1964 Polaris A-3, a fleet ballistic missile, becomes operational.
September 29, 1964 The LTV-Hiller-Ryan XC-142 tilt-wing four-engine transport research airplane makes its first flight.
September 30, 1964 A Lockheed C-130 flies from Australia to Williams Field, McMurdo Station -- the first flight over the Pole from Australia.
October 14, 1964 The Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion makes its first flight.
December 21, 1964 The General Dynamics F-111A Aardvark, a low-altitude supersonic bomber, makes its first flight.
December 22, 1964 The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft makes its first flight.