January – The band plays at the first “Human Be-In”, in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, before embarking on their first east coast tour.
February – Performed for two weeks at the Cafe au Go-Go, with supporting act Richie Havens. They also perform at the Stony Brook College on Long Island, NY.
March - Somebody to Love is released as a single with a six page spread on the Airplane in Look Magazine. The band is credited as one of the main influences on the Summer of Love.
May - The group guests on CBS-TV’s “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.”
June - Surrealistic Pillow, the first album to feature Slick’s vocals, and produced by Rick Jarrard, with the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia as a musical adviser, hits the US charts at #3, earning a gold record.The band is the sixth act to appear on the second evening of the “Monterey International Pop Festival” at the County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA.
Somebody to Love hits #5 on the US charts.The Airplane plays at the Fillmore with supporting act The Jimi Hendrix Experience, fresh from wowing the audience at Monterey.
July – White Rabbit hits #8 on the US charts, also becoming a million seller.
September - Surrealistic Pillow is released in the UK, in an edited form which excludes major tracks, such as White Rabbit and Plastic Fantastic Lover, and substitutes tracks from unissued in the UK first album.The band plays with the Grateful Dead at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA.
The Ballad Of You And Me And Pooneil hits #42 on the US charts.
December – Watch Her Ride reaches #61 on the US charts.
Airplane performs a New Year’s Eve concert, with Big Brother & The Holding Company, at the Fillmore Auditorium.