• The United States announces that U.S. Air Force tankers will provide aerial refueling support to French Air Force aircraft operating over Mali. - 26th January 2013
  • A Nigerian Navy AgustaWestland AW109E helicopter crashed in south Nigeria. The accident happened at about 01:30 p.m. (1330 GMT) when the helicopter was returning from a routine patrol of Port-Harcourt area in the Niger-Delta region. Four people were killed. - 26th January 2010
  • Spanish airline Quantum Air ceased operations. - 26th January 2010
  • First flight of the Kawasaki C-2 (previously C-X), a Japanese military transport aircraft. - 26th January 2010
  • Two OH-58 Kiowas collide near Kirkuk while evading enemy fire, killing four soldiers. - 26th January 2009
  • A CH-53E Super Stallion 164536 from HMH-361 crashes in Al-Anbar province, killing 30 U.S. Marines and one Navy sailor. - 26th January 2005
  • An explosion during the launch of a communications satellite at the Xichang Space Centre in China destroys both the Long March 2E Booster and Hughes Apstar 2 satellite. - 26th January 1995
  • Outbreak of the Cenepa War between Peru and Ecuador. Peruvian Mil Mi-8 and Mil Mi-25, as well as Ecuadorian Aerospatiale Gazelle helicopters begin ground attack operations. - 26th January 1995
  • U. S. Air Force F-15 C Eagles of the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing shoot down three Iraqi MiG-23 s using AIM-7 Sparrow missiles. U. S. Navy A-6 Es attack Kuwait Harbor, hitting an Iraqi patrol boat, and elsewhere hit an Iraqi TNC-45 fast attack boat, leaving both boats burning. The U. S. Navy loses an F/A-18 C Hornet to non-combat causes. - 26th January 1991
  • The first of two new Air Force Ones, VIP variants of the Boeing 747-200, for the use of the United States President and his staff, are delivered. - 26th January 1990
  • The French defence ministry approves full-scale development of the Dassault Rafale - 26th January 1988
  • The U. S. Army accepts the first production model of the Hughes/McDonnell Douglas AH-64 A. - 26th January 1984
  • Entered Service: Westland Lynx with No. 702 Squadron FAA. - 26th January 1978
  • Death of Forster Herbert Martin Maynard, New Zealand WWI flying ace, Air Officer Commanding of Malta during the early part of WWII (6 Gloster Gladiators of which 2 were still in crates marked “Boxed Spares – Property of the Royal Navy”). - 26th January 1976
  • A Turkish Airlines Fokker F28 crashes after takeoff from Izmir Cumaovasi Airport due to wing icing; of the 73 on board, only 7 survive. - 26th January 1974