• Scotland’s largest airline Flyglobespan enters administration and ceases all flights. - 16th December 2009
  • Pakistan Air Force Dassault Mirage III fighter aircraft crashed during a training mission due to a technical fault. The pilot managed to eject safely, landing in the Durrab Lake, (Kallar Kahar) and was rescued by a boat. - 16th December 2009
  • A Mexican Air Force Antonov An-32, 3103, of 3 Grupo Aero/EATP 301, crashes into the sea off the coast of Mexico, near Acapulco. The four crew members on board are killed. - 16th December 2006
  • Air Canada Flight 646, a Bombardier CRJ200, crashes after a failed go-around attempt in Fredericton, New Brunswick. All passengers and crew survive. - 16th December 1997
  • First flight of the Antonov An-70. - 16th December 1994
  • McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, 84-0042, of the 3246th Test Wing, Armament Development and Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, crashes in the Gulf of Mexico, 53 miles SE of Eglin. The Armament Division commander, Col. Timothy F. O'Keefe, Jr., and Maj. Eugene F. Arnold, an instructor pilot with the 40th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin, eject safely. - 16th December 1985
  • A United States Air Force Boeing B-52 Stratofortress crashed after take-off from Mather Air Force Base, nine killed. - 16th December 1982
  • Douglas Campbell (aviator), American pilot dies (b. 1896). Campbell was an American aviator and World War I flying ace. He was the first American aviator flying in an American unit to achieve the status of ace. - 16th December 1980
  • The British Airways Concorde lands in London after flying from New York in less than three hours (2 hours 58 min) at an average speed of 1,172 miles per hour (1,886 km/h). - 16th December 1979
  • U.S. Navy Vought F-8 Crusader, BuNo 145611, of Detachment 19, VFP-63, crashes into the Gulf of Tonkin ~60 miles (97 km) E of Dj?ng H?i, killing pilot Lt. Victor Patrick Buckley, of Falls Church, Virginia, while returning to the USS Hancock from a photographic reconnaissance mission. Cause of loss thought to be accidental. - 16th December 1969
  • The 1960 New York air disaster: United Airlines Flight 826, a Douglas DC-8, and TWA Flight 266, a Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation, collide in mid-air over Staten Island in New York; all 128 aboard the two planes and six people on the ground are killed. This was the first crash in which a flight recorder was used to provide details in a crash investigation. - 16th December 1960
  • Convair B-58 Hustler, 58-1008, c/n 15, accepted and delivered to the 6592nd Test Squadron, 43rd Bomb Wing, for pod and suitability testing during October: 1958. Crashed this date, the first Convair B-58 Hustler accident, 70 kilometres (43 mi) NNE of Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, due to loss of control during normal flight when auto trim and ratio changer were rendered inoperative due to an electrical system failure. Air Force pilot Maj. Richard Smith killed; AF Nav/bombardier Lt. Col. George Gradel, AF DSO Capt. Daniel Holland, both survive. - 16th December 1958
  • First flight of the Antonov An-12. - 16th December 1957
  • Republic F-105 Thunderchief, 54-0098, the first prototype, crash lands at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Republic test pilot Russell M. "Rusty" Roth was forced to make an emergency landing after the right main landing gear had been torn away after having been inadvertently extended during high speed flight. Pilot uninjured. Although the airframe was returned to the factory, it was deemed too costly to repair. - 16th December 1955
  • The Royal Australian Navy commissions its first aircraft carrier, HMAS Sydney (R17). - 16th December 1948