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Grumman's Planes

"Our Army in the Sky"

 

The mainstay of the Grumman Corporation over the years was the production of planes for the United States Navy. These planes were involved in some of the most important naval battles in American history. Grumman planes were vital to the success of our nation's victory in World War II. We've outlined some of the most important planes and highlighted their contributions.

 

Pre-World War II Planes

F3F-3

Our first plane is the Grumman F3F- 3, its old yet sleek style paved the way for more advanced planes and jets to come.

Information: The J2F Duck, mostly used for personnel transport and scouting, was one of the first designs for the Grumman team.

In 1934, the plane set a new unofficial world speed record for its class of 191.796 MPH, a speed which shook the Grumman world for years to come.
 

World War II Planes

Hellcat

Among the most important Navy planes from World War II.

 

F7F-2N Tigercat

This sleek Naval plane was one of the first to have advanced search and attack characteristics for the U.S Navy. This twin engine fighter was also one of the first planes to use a tricycle landing gear.

The first two of these planes were made in the early 1940's. The plane also had multiple functions and was used as a tactical support unit, holding guns of the 50 caliber radius. It also carried many bombs, torpedoes, and rockets. It could still reach an amazing speed of 450 MPH!

Later in history, the Tigercats were used as nightfighters. The plane's value remained strong, and in the early 1970's was often used to fight forest fires.
 

 

J2F Duck

The J2F Duck was not really a fighter plane, but a great scouting and transport air craft. The design was one of the first to be able to land on the surface of the water (called an amphibious plane). Around 330 Ducks were made. Even thirty years of deterioration didn't effect the vehicle, when in 1974 it was put into a movie called "Murphy's War".

Slowly though with time, this relic lost its objective being replaced with other aircraft and jets.

 

Post World War II Planes

Albatross

A uniquely named plane that has been known through the world over. The Albatross was used mainly in the rescue of soldiers in the Korean War. This mighty plane was acclaimed for capturing over 900 men. These planes were even shipped to over 17 nations, including Spain and Thailand. The plane grossed over 6,000 pilots in its cockpits and was recognized as a "forgiving plane" by many of its drivers. Production of the Albatross stopped in September 1976, twenty-five years after its maiden flights.

 

EA-6B Prowler

The EA-6B was a great value when it first took off in June 1972. This plane was mainly used for its radar jamming features, borrowed from its older prototype, the Grumman A-6 Intruder. The Prolwer was different from most Grumman planes because it had excellent ground defense capabilities.

Even though the plane was made in the very early 1970's, it is still used today in air and land missions.

 

E-2C Hawkeye

The E-2C Hawkeye is truly unique. Its special radar jamming design can track many numbers of targets over both land and sea at long ranges. Its sophisticated radar system enables technicians to track air traffic over a very wide area. This has been useful for many military operations.

The carrier based system is specially designed for a wide area air defense strike control and it is constantly used in sophisticated operational environments. Many Middle Eastern and Asian countries have adopted the Hawkeye for its excellent radar abilities and tracking devices.

The plane features a great deal of performance with a cruise speed of 260 MPH and a takeoff run of about 1,850 feet.

The Hawkeye is still widely used today and will be for years to come.

 
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