All American FE - Diesel

Newly updated, the All American Forward Engine continues to provide classic All American features along with a flexible array of body plans and seating configurations accommodating 54-90 students. As a leader in transport, the FE is especially stellar at navigating in densely populated areas and along highly-trafficked, tight and twisty routes. Its enhanced front service door allows easy access to the engine without the need for special tools, thus increasing uptime and reducing maintenance time.


Blue Bird's FE body combines our 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.

Steel Rub Rails

Steel exterior body side rub rails are applied at the bottom of the window, seat cushion, above floor level and at the bottom of the skirt.

Passenger Safety Cage

Blue Bird's custom designed one-piece roof bow system ensures safe student transportation.

Decreased Operational Engine Noise

Additional insulation in the engine compartment provides quieter operation, allowing drivers to better hear the children they transport.

Enhanced Defrost Air Flow

Engineered to thaw the higher section of the windshield faster for increased visibility in inclement weather.

Steel Front and Rear Bumpers

The Blue Bird All American FE features all-steel front and rear bumpers for added safety and durability. Our bumpers are also the largest bumpers in the industry!

50,000 PSI Frame Rails

The Blue Bird Vision is equipped with 50,000 PSI C-channel steel frame rails, giving this bus major stability and durability for increased performance.

Standard Colorado Rack Test Compliance

Our buses meet the Colorado Rack Test rollover specifications in their standard configuration, not as an option like the competition. This highlights the strength of the core bus design.

Improved Driver Visibility

Greater visibility forward and side-to-side increases safety. Driver's side window is 29% larger with the windshield size also increased by 19%.

Quality and Durability

Building off Blue Bird’s purpose-built product strategy for maximum quality and optimization, the Blue Bird All American FE body design includes exclusive features that directly enhance safety and durability for increased overall value.

Most Fuel Efficient Engines

Blue Bird strives to help fleets save money with the industry's most fuel efficient and EPA compliant engines.

Best-In-Class Turning Radius

Increased maneuverability from the short wheelbase and superior handling/steering to enable tight turn and curbside pick-ups if needed.

Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column

Easily adjustable tilt/telescoping steering column improves driver ergonomics and accessibility.

New Window Design

New windows feature an improved top seal, with a felt seal on the upper and lower sash and an enhanced lock rail. This new design allows for ultra-smooth operation.

Multiple Seat Plans

A variety of seat plans and configurations are available, including track seating and special needs options, offering our customers optimal flexibility to meet specific passenger needs.

Ergonomic Driver's Cockpit

The cockpit has been designed to comfortably fit virtually any body size. The cockpit dashboard is the same as our All American buses for seamless driver transition.

Fuel Tank Between Frame Rails

The fuel tank is strategically mounted between the frame rails for added safety and durability.

Larger Entrance Door

With today's students transporting larger backpacks, sports equipment and musical instruments, the 5% wider entrance door better accommodates bulky carry-on items.

Industry's Best Paint Warranty

Blue Bird offers the industry's best paint warranty to back our unrivaled paint durability and gloss retention.


Blue Bird's purpose-built chassis further enhances the best-in-class turning radius and allows Blue Bird to provide the greatest custom options as our chassis is specifically designed for bus applications.

Network of Service Centers

With a large network of service centers across North America, your Blue Bird bus will always get the maintenance and repairs it needs in a timely manner. To find a service center near you, visit the find a dealer page.

Proven Body Design

The Vision shares many body parts with the Blue Bird All American, resulting in a reduction in parts and service complexity.

Factory Trained Technicians

Blue Bird maintains a tradition of leading the school bus industry in both quantity and quality of technical training offered to our customers.

Industry's Largest DEF Tank

Our Standard 15-gallon diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank is the industry's largest DEF tank offered. Refills are timed with regular maintenance intervals.

Premium Components

Premium components such as maintenance-free Huck Spin fasteners on all permanent frame fixtures contribute to the Blue Bird All American Forward Engine's strength and durability.

Redesigned Body Electrical

Positive locking body electrical terminals provide reliable connections, and allow for quick and easy maintenance, increasing route uptime.

Premium Cummins Engines

Cummins is ahead of the curve in developing diesel engines that deliver everything from better fuel economy to improved reliability and durability. Click here to learn more about Cummins engines.

Extensive Parts Network

With Blue Bird's extensive parts and support network, customers have peace of mind.

Enhanced Front Service Door

The forward engine service door provides easier access with no special tools required, thus increasing uptime and reducing maintenance time.

Special Needs

The Blue Bird All American Forward Engine school bus delivers exceptional safety and stability, making this bus an excellent choice for your special needs applications. This bus is ready to be equipped with a variety of options to suit the needs of any passenger.

Integrated A/C System

Comfort Aire, Blue Bird's integrated air conditioning systems, are available for maintaining passenger compartment temperatures with maximum efficiency.

Recessed Wheelchair Track

Our recessed wheelchair track & tie-down offers safe and secure transport for special needs passengers.

ADA-Compliant Lifts

Smooth operating, ADA-compliant wheelchair lifts from suppliers including Braun and Ricon are available for any of Blue Bird's buses.

At our district, the All American Forward Engine school buses are the driver’s first choice. Our All Americans are strong, durable buses that our driver’s love due to the smooth, quiet ride.
Chris Bible
Shop Foreman
Fort Payne Schools
Fort Payne, AL

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