On this Day in Aviation History — January 25

On this Day in Aviation History — January 25

2004: NASA’s “Opportunity” rover lands on Mars.

2004: NASA’s “Opportunity”


1990: The Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird spy planes are retired from SAC service.

1990: The Lockheed SR-71A


1983: The Swedish/U.S. Saab-Fairchild 340 transport, the first aircraft built by collaboration, makes its first flight.

Saab-Fairchild 340


1952: North American F-86 Sabre jet fighters shoot down 10 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15s over North Korea.

F-86 Sabre jet fighters


1930: American Airways, the entity that would become known as American Airlines, is founded in New York, merging an amalgam of dozens of carriers under a single umbrella. The modern name is adopted four years later. The famous Douglas DC-3 becomes American Airlines Flagship aircraft in 1936.

Douglas DC-3 American


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