1961 in aviation
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|Years in aviation:||1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964|
|Centuries:||19th Century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s|
|Years:||1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964|
- February 3 - Operation Looking Glass commences, meaning that the US Air Force Strategic Air Command would have a permanent, airborne command post.
- April 1 - Venezuelan airline VIASA commences operations
- April 12 - Yuri Gagarin makes the first human spaceflight in Vostok 1, orbiting the Earth once, in108 minutes.
- June 1 - United Air Lines absorbs Capital Airlines to become the largest airline in the West, with a fleet of 267 aircraft.
- June 21-22 - a Royal Air Force Avro Vulcan makes the first non-stop flight from England to Australia
- September 12 - the Hawker P.1127 makes its first transitions from vertical to horizontal flight and back
 First flights
- August 17 - Handley Page HP-115
 Entered service
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