British Civil Aviation in 1970

1 February
Captain Raymond Munro makes the first hot air balloon crossing of the Irish Sea from Brittis Bay in Cop Wicklow to Ennerdale in Cumberland.

6 March
The Rolls-Royce RB211 engine makes its first flight on a VC10 testbed.

11 September
The Britten Norman Trislander makes its first flight.

30 November
British Caledonian Airways is formed from the merger of British United Airways and Caledonian Airways.