The Year of '61
The years aircraft: The Handley Page HP.115
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Mike Verity and "GP" who ever GP is!!!
April 12 – Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin makes the first human spaceflight, orbiting the Earth once in 108 minutes in Vostok 1.
June 21–22 – A Royal Air Force Avro Vulcan makes the first non-stop flight from England to Australia.
July 1 – The Royal Air Force deploys Hawker Hunter combat aircraft to reinforce Kuwait, which is under threat from Iraq. Simultaneously it deploys Canberras and Valiant aircraft to Malta.
September 12 The Hawker P.1127 makes its first transitions from vertical to horizontal flight and back