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Wikipedia: Blue Bird Corporation

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A manufacturer of buses. Based in Fort Valley, Georgia and founded in 1932.

Vehicle names used by Blue Bird currently and throughout history include:  All American, Conventional, Micro Bird, TC/2000 and Vision.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Blue Bird Corporation page on 26 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Blue Bird Corporation (originally known as the Blue Bird Body Company) is an American bus manufacturer headquartered in Fort Valley, Georgia. Best known for as a manufacturer of school buses, the company has also manufactured a wide variety of other bus types, including transit buses, motorhomes, and specialty vehicles such as mobile libraries and mobile police command centers. Currently, Blue Bird concentrates its product lineup on school and activity buses and specialty vehicle derivatives.

After company founder A.L. Luce produced a steel-panel school bus in his auto dealership in 1927, he started production of bus bodies exclusively in 1932, founding Blue Bird Body Company in Fort Valley, Georgia. Remaining under family control into the early 1990s, the company changed hands several times in the 2000s and became publicly owned in February 2015, with previous owner Cerberus Capital Management holding a 58% share of the company.


Photographs

Blue Bird Bus Illinois School Districts 47 & 155
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
May 22, 2010
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
27 November 1967NHTSA Letter of Interpretation: FMVSS Interpretation
From: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Blue Bird Body Company

Letter
- 1 page
classified date 1995On-Site School Bus Fire Investigation
1986 Chevrolet, 66-passenger, school bus (i.e., 6000 series chassis and cowl, body by Bluebird
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 110MB - 378 pages
classified date 1994In-Depth Accident Investigation
1987 Bluebird Forward Control Bus
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 68.3MB - 130 pages
classified date 1995Calspan On-Site School Bus/Pedestrian Accident Investigation
School Bus: 1989 Blue Bird Type D Body
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.2MB - 15 pages
October 1996Remote School Bus Investigation
Vehicle - 1993 International 3700 with Bluebird Body
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 780KB - 11 pages
June 1999School Bus Crash Investigation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 20KB - 6 pages
April 1999School Bus Crash Investigation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 21KB - 6 pages
May 1999Veridian On-Site School Bus Crash Investigation
School Bus Chassis - 1999 Freightliner Conventional
Body - Blue Bird 65 Passenger Capacity
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 168KB - 13 pages
1 July 2003FMVSS No. 217: "Bus Emergency Exits and Window Retention and Release" Compliance Test Report
2003 Blue Bird, 36 Passenger Transit Bus
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 317KB - 22 pages
3 July 2003FMVSS No. 217: "Bus Emergency Exits and Window Retention and Release" Compliance Test Report
2003 Blue Bird, 36 Passenger Transit Bus
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 245KB - 18 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
14 January 2016New Blue Bird Propane-Powered School Buses Save Money and Reduce Harmful EmissionsROUSH CleanTech
20 April 2016Kyrene School District Ups Blue Bird Propane Buses to 85 Percent of FleetROUSH CleanTech
25 April 2016Canyon State Bus Sales Brings New Jobs, Economic Benefits to Local CommunityBlue Bird Corporation




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