Blue Bird All American Forward Engine

Maneuverability and Driveability

Chassis Advantages

Blue Bird first developed its dedicated chassis for the All American Forward Engine Type D School Bus in 1952. Ever since, they have continued to build on the belief that transporting people demands a chassis specifically designed to do just that. Accordingly, the All American Forward Engine chassis boasts high levels of precision, durability, and optimization. Blue Bird builds premium quality into every proprietary feature, and chooses supplier components with reliability and purpose in mind to provide outstanding performance and value throughout the full – and exceptionally enduring – Blue Bird bus life cycle.

Understanding that school routes often require navigation around tight turns, Blue Bird designed the All American Forward Engine chassis utilizing shorter wheelbases per body length than competitive products. This shorter wheelbase combined with the Hendrickson front axle and new, 50 degree maximum cut steering gear delivers superior maneuverability and handling on difficult routes, reducing the need for backing up to help drivers tackle the roads and traffic ahead of them.

Body Advantages

Durable Construction Blue Bird's new FE body combines the company's renowned safety and durability advantages such as one-piece steel roof bows, formed one-piece wheel wells and full, off-the-chassis undercoating with new advances in visibility, serviceability, ergonomics, comfort, and stylish, modern design. The result is a bus that will last years longer, while pleasing everyone from drivers and passengers to mechanics and Transportation Managers.

A new, 33 percent larger windshield, bonded to add structural strength to the All American's unitized body, provides unexcelled visibility. Its raised sightline eliminates ducking and craning to see traffic lights when drivers are stopped at the limit line.

The Blue Bird All American Forward Engine school bus not only offers safety and security, but it also directly caters to special needs students. Blue Bird understands that special needs passengers require unique features and has engineered these qualities into the design of the Blue Bird All American Forward Engine to provide peace of mind for parents and transportation professionals.

Special Needs

The Blue Bird All American Forward Engine school bus not only offers safety and security, but it also directly caters to special needs students. Blue Bird understands that special needs passengers require unique features and has engineered these qualities into the design of the Blue Bird All American Forward Engine to provide peace of mind for parents and transportation professionals.

Special NeedsSpecific Special Needs Equipment/Options

  • Recessed wheelchair track and tie-down for safe and secure transport
  • Increased maneuverability from the short wheelbase and superior handling/steering to enable tight turn and curbside pick-ups if needed
  • Smooth operating, ADA-compliant wheelchair lifts from suppliers including Braun and Ricon and flexible wheelchair securement track locations
  • Optional flat floor for maximum configuration flexibility
  • Comfort Aire, Blue Bird's integrated air conditioning systems, for maintaining passenger compartment temperatures with maximum efficiency and the quality only provided from an OEM installed component
  • Exceptional passenger ride quality with Blue Bird's energy absorbing rubber isolater mounting system
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