The American Eagle A-1 was designed in late 1925 as a training aircraft to replace
the World War I biplanes then in use by the Porterfield Flying School. The prototype
A-1 first flew at Richards Field in Kansas City, Missouri on April 9, 1926. Small
modifications made to the design in 1927, including ailerons on the lower wings, led
to the A-101 designation. The 90 h.p. Curtiss OX-5 engine was initially fitted, but
the 100 h.p. Curtiss OX-6 was fitted to later production A-101s. Business was booming
by 1928 with the factory turning out twelve planes a week, at a sale price of $2,815.00.
A total of approximately 300 A-1/A-101 aircraft had been completed by 1929. These served
successfully with flying schools and private owners for many years.