This 1969 Grumman American AA-1 Yankee Clipper Is an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick That was Ahead of Its Time

Designed for light weight and efficiency, the two-seat Yankee Clipper performs well on limited power.

1969 Grumman American AA-1 Yankee Clipper [Courtesy: Morgan Moore]

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Pilots who know their general aviation history well will quickly spot similarities between the Grumman American AA-1 Yankee Clipper and the earlier BD-1, which was developed initially as a kit for the homebuilt community. The experimental kit was successful, and so was the certified Clipper, which arrived later.

Eventually the line of related aircraft grew to include four-seat models such as the Cheetah and Tiger.

The Grumman Americans made use of several thoughtful features, such as honeycomb construction and a free castering nosewheel similar to the design of modern Cirrus airplanes. They are not the roomiest aircraft, but some pilots consider them a good combination of performance and economy.

While the Yankee Clipper will not chase down Bonanzas and Cirrus SRs, it can outrun a number of aircraft that use the same Lycoming engine.

This 1969 Yankee Clipper has 2,113 hours on the airframe and 122 hours on its O-235 engine since it was overhauled at Penn Yan Aero in 2015. The VFR panel features a PS Engineering PM1000 audio panel with intercom, a Collins Nav/Comm, King KT76A transponder, and JPI 730 engine monitor with fuel flow and totalizer.

Pilots looking for an economical personal aircraft for local touring, travel, or time building should consider this 1969 Grumman American AA-1 Yankee Clipper, which is available for $49,900 on AircraftForSale.

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