Grumman American AA-1

  • CountryUnited States of America
  • TypeTwo seat light aircraft
  • PowerplantsAA-1A - One 81kW (108hp) Lycoming O-235-C2C flat four piston engine driving a two blade fixed pitch propeller. AA-1C - One 85kW (115hp) O-235-L2C.
  • PerformanceAA-1A - Max speed 222km/h (120kt), max cruising speed 203km/h (110kt), long range cruising speed 180km/h (97kt). Initial rate of climb 765ft/min. Service ceiling 13,750ft. Range with no reserves 805km (435nm). AA-1C - Max speed 233km/h (126kt), max cruising speed 217km/h (117kt), long range cruising speed 178km/h (96kt). Initial rate of climb 700ft/min. Max range with reserves 648km (350nm).
  • WeightsAA-1A - Empty 442kg (975lb), max takeoff 680kg (1500lb). AA-1C - Empty 485kg (1066lb), max takeoff 726kg (1600lb).
  • DimentionsWing span 7.47m (24ft 6in), length 5.87m (19ft 3in), height 2.32m (7ft 7in). Wing area 9.4m2 (101sq ft).
  • CapacityTypical seating for two.
  • ProductionTotal AA-1 production 1822, including 461 AA-1, 470 AA-1A, 680 AA-1B, and 211 AA-1C.

What turned into Grumman's first light airplane originated from the staging phase of noted unit air ship architect Jim Bede.

The AA-1 started life as the Bede BD-1, a little and minimal configuration utilizing only 385 sections and fortified honeycomb development. The first BD-1 was fueled by a 65kw (90hp) Continental C90-14, and first flew on July 11 1963. Dissimilar to other Bede outlines however the BD-1 was not expected for pack building, rather Bede renamed his organization the American Aviation Corporation, and put the BD-1 in arrangement creation at the organization's Cleveland plant.

Generation air ship varied from the model in having a reconsidered wing format and vertical tail, a more extensive track undercarriage and an all the more influential Lycoming O-235. In the first place generation airplane were assigned the AA-1 Yankee and the first were conveyed in 1968, the rearward in 1971.

The Yankee was supplanted in generation by the AA-1a Trainer, with an adjusted wing and prepared for pilot preparing. It flew surprisingly on March 25 1970 and was certificated in January 1971.

In 1972 the AA-1a was supplanted by the AA-1b, a modified rendition with more prominent takeoff weights. The AA-1b was accessible as the Trainer, or as the Tr2, a prevalent spec choice variant with upmarket inside trim, wheel fairings and more exhaustive standard flight fit.

Taking after Grumman Corporation's obtaining of American Aviation, the AA-1 was created under the Grumman American Aviation Corporation standard. In 1978 Grumman American presented the further enhanced AA-1c with more noteworthy takeoff weights, an all the more influential O-235 motor and reexamined tail surfaces. The AA-1c was accessible as the T-Cat coach model and as the Lynx more extravagant visiting model.

AA-1 creation was ceased mid 1978, fair before Gulfstream gained Grumman American.

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