American Aviation

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American Aviation Corporation was an American aircraft manufacturer based in Cleveland, Ohio. It was established by Jim Bede under the name of Bede Aircraft in the mid-1960s to manufacture and market the Bede BD-1 two seat light aircraft.

During the development of the BD-1 there was conflict between Bede and the other shareholders and Bede was removed from the company. Russ Meyer became the new company president at age 34. The company was renamed American Aviation and the BD-1 was re-designed to become the AA-1 Yankee.

In 1972 the company was acquired by Grumman to become its light aircraft division and was renamed Grumman-American. Meyer later went on to become president of Cessna Aircraft.


Summary of aircraft built by American Aviation
Model name First flight Number built Type
American Aviation AA-1 Yankee Clipper & AA-1A Trainer 11 July 1963 1,820 two-seat general aviation aircraft
American Aviation AA-2 Patriot 1970 2 four-seat general aviation aircraft
American Aviation AA-5 Traveler 1971 3,282 four-seat general aviation aircraft

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