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  • An unmanned experimental United States Air Force X-51A Waverider hypersonic aircraft launched from above the Point Mugu Naval Air Test Range in California goes out of control because of a fault in one of its control fins and crashes into the Pacific Ocean 15 seconds into its flight and before igniting its scramjet engine. The crash leaves only one surviving Waverider out of the four constructed. – August 14, 2012
  • Australian airline Strategic Airlines commences operations. – August 14, 2009
  • CH-47D Chinook 89-00171 from B Company, 1–52 Aviation Regiment crashes near the al-Taqaddum air base west of Baghdad, killing five crew on board. – August 14, 2007
  • Helios Airways Flight 522, a Boeing 737-300, crashes near Kalamos, Greece with 115 passengers and 6 crew members on board; there are no survivors. – August 14, 2005
  • A massive electrical blackout darkens much of the northeastern United States and Ontario, Canada, knocking out ticketing systems, baggage carousels and air conditioning at most airports. JetBlue hires Mister Softee trucks at New York-JFK to help cool down stranded, un-air conditioned passengers. – August 14, 2003
  • AH-64D Apache 01-5241 (ex AH-64A 87-0507) of 1–14th Aviation Regiment crashes in Iraq. – August 14, 2003
  • Steve Hinton sets a new piston-engined airspeed record in a specially-modified P-51 Mustang named the Red Baron. He reaches 499 mph (803 km/h) over Nevada. – August 14, 1979
  • (14-16) Turkish Air Force aircraft support the final major Turkish offensive on Cyrpus. – August 14, 1974
  • First flight of the Panavia Tornado – August 14, 1974
  • The 1972 Konigs Wusterhausen air disaster: an Interflug Ilyushin Il-62, registered DM-SEA crashes near Konigs Wusterhausen, all 156 passengers and crew are killed in Germany's worst air disaster. – August 14, 1972
  • Los Angeles Airways Flight 417, a Sikorsky S-61L prototype, crashes in Compton, California resulting in the loss of 21 lives. – August 14, 1968
  • Lockheed U-2A, 56-6955, Article 395, fifth and last airframe of the USAF supplementary production, delivered to the USAF in March 1959. Assigned to the 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Laughlin AFB, Texas. Crashed near Boise, Idaho, this date. ROCAF pilot successfully ejects. – August 14, 1964
  • NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 60,000 m. – August 14, 1962
  • An East German Ilyushin Il-62 crashes on takeoff from East Berlin, killing 156. – August 14, 1962
  • Canadair was awarded a contract to manufacture the CF 104. – August 14, 1959

The sound barrier is broken over Australia for the first time by Flight Lieutenant Bentleigh, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), in the first Australian-built Sabre fighter at Avalon, Victoria. – 14th August 1953

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