Aviation in 1966
The Soviet Union launches Luna 9, an un-manned spacecraft
that becomes the first man-made vehicle to soft land on the
Moon's surface, on 3 February.
General de Gaulle, the President of France, announces that
France is to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty
Organisation (NATO) Alliance.
The Northrop/NASA M2F2 lifting-body research aircraft makes
its first un-powered flight after being dropped from a Boeing
The famous Swiss mountain rescue pilot Herman Geiger is
killed in a flying accident.
The Russian Marina Solovyeva sets a new women's world speed
record of 2,044kph (1,270mph) in a Ye76 (MiG21) aircraft.
The West German Air Force grounds all 770 of its Lockheed
F104G Starfighters, after the 65th aircraft of the type