The Year of '49
The years aircraft: The de Havilland Venom
See the year of 54 for the bike story
February 1 – In the United Kingdom, the Women's Auxiliary Air Force is renamed the Women's Royal Air Force.
April 20–21 – A Royal Air Force Short Sunderland flying boat flies medical personnel and supplies to the Royal Navy sloop HMS Amethyst, which had been shelled by Chinese Communist forces on the Yangtze River.
May 11 – The Royal Air Force's No. 28 Squadron flies from Malaya to Hong Kong to help reinforce the island against Communist forces on mainland China.