100 years of innovation

Who we are: Our heritage

We are proud of our heritage. For more than 100 years we’ve been a trusted partner around the world. We have been a technology leader for more than a century, with aviators and engineers relying on our expertise to push the boundaries of flight. ExxonMobil Aviation fuels and lubricants products have been chosen for some of history’s most celebrated aircraft and space programs.

Significant milestones include: 

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2013 - Mobil Jet™ Oil 387 makes its first commercial debut aboard a Boeing 747-8

After ten years of extensive product development and testing, Mobil Jet Oil 387 was selected by a major commercial airliner for maiden voyage on-board a Boeing 747-8 powered by GEnx engines.

Airbus 380 flight takes off with Mobil Jet oil II

2006 - ExxonMobil Aviation jet fuel chosen for all Airbus A380 test flights

Airbus chooses ExxonMobil Aviation jet fuel for every Airbus A380 test flight and a major commercial airliner selects Mobil Jet™ Oil II and Exxon HyJet™ for its inaugural Airbus A380 commercial flight.

Spacewalk using Mobil Jet Oil II and Mobilgrease 28

2000 - ExxonMobil lubricants support space walk from International Space Station

Mobil Jet Oil II lubricated electric power generation units in space, while Mobilgrease™ 28 ensured the reliability of the life support backpacks astronauts used for space walks.

Voyager flies with Mobil lubricant

1986 - Around the world non-stop

Voyager, the first plane to fly non-stop around the world without refueling, used specially formulated Mobil synthetic lubricant.

Space launch with Mobil lubricant

1981 - Space launch

U.S. launches first space shuttle flight (Columbia) using Mobil™ lubricants.

Introducing Mobil Jet Oil II

1963 - Socony Mobil introduces Mobil Jet Oil II, the first successful advanced gasoline turbine engine oil for aircraft that dramatically reduced engine overhaul intervals

Mobil Jet Oil II, exclusive oil used by Pan American Airways throughout their history.

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1958 - First trans-Atlantic voyage for the Boeing 707

Pan American Airways flew from New York to London, powered by Mobil aviation fuel.

Wiley Post’s flight with Mobiloil

1933 - Wiley Post’s solo flight around the globe

Post was the first aviator to fly around the world solo, and his aircraft engine was protected by Mobiloil lubricants.

Amelia Earhart’s Atlantic flight with Mobiloil

1928 - Amelia Earhart’s solo flight across the Atlantic 

Earhart made her historic flight across the Atlantic with Mobiloil lubricants working to protect the engine in Friendship.

(Photo credit: 99s Museum of Women Pilots)

Charles Lindbergh’s non-stop transatlantic flight

1927 - Charles Lindbergh’s first solo non-stop transatlantic flight

When Lindbergh first flew across the Atlantic, he did so using Mobiloil branded lubricants to help protect the engine of  the Spirit of St. Louis.

Jersey Standard supporting and Mobiloil historic first flight

1903 - The Wright Brothers first take flight 

Wilbur and Orville Wright used fuel from Jersey Standard (a legacy ExxonMobil company) and Mobiloil branded lubricants for their historic first flight.