American Aviation Corporation was an American aircraft manufacturer based in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1960s, which produced light single-engine aircraft. In 1972 it became the Grumman American Aviation Corporation.
During the development of the BD-1 there was conflict between Bede and the other shareholders, and in 1965, Bede was removed from the company. Attorney and former Marine fighter pilot Russ Meyer became the new company president at age 34.
The BD-1 was re-designed for production with a lengthened fuselage, greater wingspan and larger engine, the company also introduced metal-to-metal bonding of components, a new technique in general aviation. The new aircraft was named the AA-1 Yankee and first flew on March 2, 1967, gaining type certificate approval from the FAA in July 1968.
The Grumman Corporation had taken an 80% share in American Aviation and in 1972 the company was renamed the Grumman American Aviation Corporation.
|Model name||First flight||Number built||Type|
|American Aviation AA-1 Yankee Clipper & AA-1A Trainer||March 2, 1967||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|
- Simpson 1991, pp. 24–25.
- Harris, Richard. "Yankees & Cats: A quick history of Grumman/American Aircraft." Aviation History & Industry, May 10, 2012. Retrieved: December 20, 2014.
- Keck, Gary. "Gulfstream Tiger/Cheetah AA-5B/A." grumman.net. Retrieved: December 20, 2014.
- Simpson, R.W. Airlife's General Aviation. Shrewsbury, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1991. ISBN 978-1-85310-194-6.
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