The Year of '31

The years aircraft: The Hawker Fury

February 26 – Imperial Airways begins scheduled services between England and Africa using Armstrong Whitworth Argosys.

June 11 - The 40-passenger Handley Page HP-42 four-engine biplane enters service with British airline Imperial Airways, setting new standards of passenger service and comfort.

September 13 The United Kingdom wins the Schneider Trophy outright by winning its third consecutive Schneider Trophy race. RAF Flight Lieutenant John Boothman of the RAF High-Speed Flight completes the course at Calshot Spit in Supermarine S.6B serial S1595 at 340.1 mph. With the trophy retired, the Schneider Trophy races, begun in 1913, come to an end.