Made In Chicago: Allen Aircraft Radio

Mike Krauser
September 10, 2018 - 7:08 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Nearly 70 years ago a Chicago man saw an opportunity.

“O’Hare was still Orchard Field, primarily military, right after World War II, and general aviation, which was rapidly growing," said Greg Dellinger.

It was the start of AAR, Allen Aircraft Radio, and it was Made in Chicago.

WBBM Newsradio visited the AAR world headquarters just west of O’Hare airport, with the company’s Greg Dellinger.

“In 1951 our founder, Ira Allen Eichner went out with $600 - borrowed - and a Studebaker vehicle, bought some aircraft headsets and microphones and began presenting them to the growing general aviation market," he said.

Today the company is a supplier of aircraft components and performs maintenance, repair and overhaul of commercial aircraft…and flies missions for the federal government around the world.  

“We are a, lacking humility for just a moment, we are a vital link in aircraft safety and airworthiness to our customers," Dellinger said.

From that $600 investment: “Six thousand teammates servicing and delivering for both commercial and government customers in 100 countries across the globe and listed on the New York Stock Exchange with sales reaching close to $2 billion." 

It’s AAR and It’s Made in Chicago.