Aviation in 1971
31 January - 9 February
Apollo 14 makes the third successful United States Moon
A change in policy means that female United States Air Force
(USAF) officers can take 12 months leave from the service if
they become pregnant.
The United States Government cancels funding for a Supersonic
Transport Aircraft and the programme is officially terminated
Dutch airline KLM inaugurates a trans-Siberian service with
aircraft leased from the Russian state airline, Aeroflot.
A new air freight service is founded - Federal Express
guarantees overnight delivery anywhere in the USA.
The Soviet Salyut Space-Station is launched.
26 July - 7 August
Apollo 15 makes the fourth successful United States Moon
landing and makes first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle,
driven by Apollo 15 commander David R. Scott.
Israel shoots down an Egyptian Sukhoi Su7 fighter bomber.
Three United States Air Force (USAF) aircraft complete the
transport of food, medical supplies and fuel to victims of
Hurricane Edith in Nicaragua.
An Israeli Stratocruiser transport aircraft is shot down by
an Egyptian anti-aircraft missile.
Two high-flying Egyptian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG25
reconnaissance planes fly over the Sinai peninsula,
controlled by Israel. The aircraft fly at 70,000 feet, above
the Israeli air defences.
The USSR and West Germany sign an agreement for the
establishment of direct air services between their two
The Pakistan Air Force launches air attacks on all major
Indian Air Force bases, sparking a war between India and
A cease-fire in the Indian-Pakistan war is called and
accepted by both sides.
Ladislaw Bezak, a Czechoslovakian Airlines pilot defects to
the west with his family. Bezak, flying a small Zlin
aircraft, avoids Czech fighter patrols to land safely in