AN ATA 757-300 (Photo provided by Pedro Aragão [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons)

#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: ATA

American Trans Air, or more commonly known as ATA, was founded in August of 1973 in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was founded by the Ambassadair Travel Club to provide aircraft for the club. The club's first aircraft was a Boeing 720 named “Miss Indy," followed by the addition of a second aircraft, another Boeing 720 named “Spirit of Indiana” added in 1978. In 1981, ATA received their common air certificate and commenced charter operations the same year. With a fleet of…