• First flight of the Eurocopter EC175 - 17th December 2009
  • First flight of the Antonov An-148 - 17th December 2004
  • The 100th anniversary of the first flight of the Wright Brothers in the Wright Flyer is celebrated as the 100th birthday of aviation. - 17th December 2003
  • Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne suffered a collapsed landing gear and a runway excursion during a freefall flight prior to its space launches. - 17th December 2003
  • Aerosvit Flight 241, a Yakovlev Yak-42, crashes near Thessaloniki, Greece, killing all 70 occupants – 8 crew and 62 passengers. - 17th December 1997
  • KLM’s last DC-10 is retired. - 17th December 1994
  • The C-5 Galaxy sets a national record after taking off with the maximum payload of 920,836 pounds (417,684 kg), setting a U. S. national record. - 17th December 1994
  • First flight of the NAC Fieldmaster - 17th December 1981
  • United Airlines Flight 2860, a Douglas DC-8, Jet Trader, crashes in the Wasatch Range in Utah, killing the 3 crew on board. - 17th December 1977
  • First flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-50 - 17th December 1974
  • Pan Am Flight 110, a Boeing 707, is firebombed by Palestinian gunmen while at gate in Rome, Italy, killing 29 of 68 passengers and crew; other gunmen then hijack a Lufthansa Boeing 737 to Athens; in total, 33 die as a result of the firebombing and hijacking. - 17th December 1973
  • The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 comes to an end. The Indian Air Force has lost 72 aircraft and the Pakistani Air Force 94 aircraft. - 17th December 1971
  • The USAF closes Project Blue Book, its 22-year investigation into sightings of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs. - 17th December 1969
  • First flight of the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter - 17th December 1963
  • First flight of the Moynet Jupiter - 17th December 1963