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Years in aviation: 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century Decades: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s Years: 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 This is a list of aviation-related events from 1974: Contents 1 Events 1.1 March 1.2 June 1.3 July 1.4 September 1.5 November 2 First flights 2.1 January 2.2 February 2.3 June 2.4 August 2.5 September 2.6 October 2.7 November 2.8 December 3 Entered service 3.1 February 3.2 May 3.3 September 3.4 November 4 References Events March March 3 - Turkish Airlines Flight 981, a DC-10, crashes into forest near Ermenonville, France, killing 346 people. At the time, it was the worst aviation disaster in history. March 31 - British Airways commenced operations after BOAC and BEA merged to create the airline. June June 4 – Construction of OV-101, the first Space Shuttle, begins. It later will be named Enterprise. June 11 – Northrop YF-17A 72-01569 becomes the first American fighter to break the sound barrier in level flight when not in afterburner.[1] July Cuts in American military aid to South Vietnam force austerity measures there, including the storage of 200 South Vietnamese Air Force aircraft and the reduction of helicopter lift capacity by 70 percent; shortages, of fuel, ammunition, and spare parts also begin to plague South Vietnamese aviation of all types.[2] July 22 - the US Navy and Marine Corps evacuate 500 people from Cyprus, away from the conflict erupting between Greece and Turkey on the island September September 1 - U.S. Air Force SR-71 Blackbird serial no. 61-17972, flown by Major James Sullivan (pilot) and Major Noel F, Widdifield (reconnaissance systems officer), crosses the Atlantic Ocean from New York City to London in a world record 1 hour 54 minutes 56 seconds at an average speed of 1,806.96 mph (2,909.76 km/h).[3] September 13 - U.S. Air Force SR-71 Blackbird serial no. 61-17972, flown by Captain Harold B. "Buck" Adams (pilot) and Major William C. Machorek (reconnaissance systems officer), flies 5,447 miles (8,771 km) from London to Los Angeles in a world record 3 hours 47 minutes 39 seconds at an average speed of 1,435.59 mph (2,311.74 km/h).[4] November November 20 - Lufthansa flight 540 crashes and burns moments after takeoff, killing 59 people. It is the first major accident involving the Boeing 747. First flights Antonov An-30 ("Clank")[5] January January 9 – WSK-Mielec M-15 SP-1974 January 20 – General Dynamics YF-16 72-01567, protoype of the F-16 Fighting Falcon ("inadvertent" flight to avoid damage during faulty taxiing run)[6] February February 2 – General Dynamics YF-16 72-01567, protoype of the F-16 Fighting Falcon (official first flight)[7] February 16 – Atlas C4M Kudu (civil prototype)[8] February 21 – HTM Skyrider D-HHTF June June 9 - Northrop YF-17 72-01569 June 24 - Aerospatiale AS 350 Ecureuil F-WVKH August August 14 - Panavia MRCA (later Tornado) D-9591 August 21 - Hawker-Siddeley Hawk XX154 August 22 - Shorts 360 G-BSBH September September 11 - Bell 206L LongRanger N206L September 25 - Northrop F-5F Tiger II 73-0889 October October 17 - Sikorsky YUH-60 73-21650 October 28 - Dassault Super Étendard October 31 - IAR-93 RO-001 / J-22 Orao 25001 November November 8 - IA 58 Pucará November 29 - Boeing Vertol YUH-61 73-21656 December December 23 - Rockwell B-1 Lancer 74-0158 Entered service Sukhoi Su-24 'Fencer' with VVS February February 20 - S-3 Viking with VS-41, NAS North Island May May 30 - Airbus A300 with Air France[9] September September 17 - F-14 Tomcat with VF-1 and VF-2 aboard USS Enterprise November November 14 - F-15 Eagle with the United States Air Force 555th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron at Luke Air Force Base[10] References ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, ISBN 0-517-56588-9, p. 376. ^ Chinnery, Philip D., Vietnam: The Helicopter War, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1991, ISBN 1-55750-875-5, p. 170. ^ "Faster Than a Speeding Bullet," Aviation History, September 2010, p. 32. ^ "Faster Than a Speeding Bullet," Aviation History, September 2010, pp. 32-33. ^ Donald, David, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 0-7607-0592-5, p. 56. ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, p. 209. ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, p. 209. ^ Donald, David, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 0-7607-0592-5, p. 68. ^ Donald, David, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 0-7607-0592-5, p. 34. ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, p. 318. v · d · eLists relating to aviation General Timeline of aviation · Aircraft (manufacturers) · Aircraft engines (manufacturers) · Rotorcraft (manufacturers) · Airlines (defunct) · Airports · Civil authorities · Museums Military Air forces · Aircraft weapons · Experimental aircraft · Missiles · Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) Accidents/incidents General · Commercial (airliners) · Military Records Airspeed · Altitude · Distance · Endurance · Most-produced aircraft