#OnThisDay in 1950, Pan American World Airways acquired American Overseas Airlines (A.O.A.) from American Airlines. A.O.A. started as American Export Airlines in 1937 and was purchased by American Airlines in 1945. As part of American, A.O.A. was awarded routes to England, Iceland, Ireland, and other destinations in Europe. Once acquired, Pan Am obtained all of A.O.A’s routes and assets including eight Boeing 377 Stratocruisers, seven Constellations, three DC-4s, and one DC-3. Image: Airlines (AOA) Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, Aviation World postcard, 1950s. Gift of George Gayuski. 2001.082.137 This image was posted on September 25, 2020.