This past year saw some significant anniversaries for aviation.
It was the 100th anniversary of Louis Blériot becoming the first person to cross a ‘large body of water’ in a ‘heavier than air’ aircraft.
Also celebrating its 100th anniversary was the Paris Air Show, which Flightglobal covered in full force.
On the topic of 100th anniversaries, Flight International, now under the Flightglobal brand, celebrated its 100th year of publishing news about the aviation industry. We chronicled a century of aviation for the occasion, but you can search our 210,000 page archive.
1969 also saw another first flight: the Cessna Citation. You can read about it here.
Reaching further back into time, the Bristol Brabazon made its maiden flight 60 years ago on 4 September. You can read about the maiden sortie and see a cutaway here.
Also 60 years ago, the Comet made its first flight. You can also read highlights from the archive and see a cutaway here.
This year also marked the 100th anniversary of the first all-British flight by AV Roe. Stefan the Pilot and the Flightglobal team filed this report.
Hope you enjoyed this historical year as much as we did!