British Civil Aviation in 1960

1 April
British European Airways (BEA) begin jet airliner operations with the introduction of de Havilland Comet 4Bs on its London to Moscow route.

6 April
A Short SC1 makes the first full transition from vertical to horizontal flight and then back again.

27 May
The British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) introduces the Boeing 707-436 aircraft on its London to New York service.

24 June
An Avro 748 prototype (G-APZV) makes its first flight at Woodford in Cheshire.

16 October
The British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) operates its last de Havilland Comet 4 service between London and New York.

21 October
The first tethered flight of the vertical/short take-off and landing (V/STOL) Hawker P1127.

31 October
British European Airways (BEA) flies its last scheduled Douglas DC3 service from London to Birmingham.

17 December
British European Airways (BEA) introduces the Vickers Vanguard on its London to Paris service.