British Civil Aviation in 1969

26 February
W.G. Carter, the designer of Britain’s first jet-propelled aeroplane, the Gloster Whittle E28/39, dies.

2 April
Concorde 002, which was built in the United Kingdom, makes its first flight.

17 April
Terminal One at London Heathrow Airport is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

8 August
Handley Page Ltd goes into voluntary liquidation.

18 December
Hawker Siddeley Aviation and the Beech Aircraft Corporation announce their co-operation in the development and marketing of a range of business jets to include the HS125.

18 December
The England to Australia Commemorative Air Race begins.