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Historical Timeline


1930- Leroy Grumman founds Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation in Baldwin, Long Island, New York

1930- First delivery of "A" Float (October) for test on Vought 02U-4 Aircraft

1931- Grumman gets first its Navy contract to build the XFF-1

1931- Grumman moves to Valley Stream, Long Island, New YorK

1932- Grumman moves to Farmingdale, Long Island, New York

1932- Grumman gets first major Navy contract to build 27 FF-1's

1932- First delivery of "B" Float (June) for use on Vought 03U-1 Aircraft

1934- Grumman gets Navy contract for 55 F2F-1's

1934- Grumman gets Navy contract for 27 JF-1 Ducks

1934- Adolph Hitler assumes power in Germany

1935- Grumman gets Navy contract for 54 F3F-1's

1936- Grumman begins production of the G-21 Goose, a commercial amphibious plane

1937- Grumman moves to Bethpage, Long Island, New York

1939- Germany invades Poland; World War II begins; United States remains neutral

1939- Grumman gets orders for 285 F4F-3 Wildcats

1940- Grumman gets Navy contract for 286 Avenger TBF's

1941- Japanese attack U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; U.S. and Britain declare war on Japan (Dec. 8) and Germany and Italy declare war on the U.S. and Britain (December 11)

1941- Lend-Lease Act passes; Allies receive some Grumman aircraft

1941- Grumman produces planes with folded wings, the Sto-Wing, perfect for aircraft carriers

1941- Grumman moves to schedule of two 10-hour shifts per day to increase production

1942- Battle of Coral Sea

1942- Battle of Midway

1942- Battle of Guadalcanal

1942- Grumman begins production of F6F Hellcat (12,275 built between 1942 and 1945)

1943- American strategy of island hopping in the Pacific

1943- Grumman gets Navy contract for F7F Tigercats, a total of 364 are eventually built

1943- Grumman introduces Bonus Incentive Plan to boost production

1944- American invasion of Marianas Islands and Saipan

1944- Grumman gets Navy contract for 3,899 F8F Bearcats

1945- United States drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan

1945- American victories in the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa

1945- Number of employees at Grumman now 22,100 

1945- Japanese surrender; World War II ends; Military budgets to decrease

1948- Grumman begins production of F9F-2 Panther

1949- Grumman begins production of amphibian Albatross

1949- Grumman begins production of AF-2 Guardian

1950- Korean War begins

1952- Grumman begins building of XS2F-1 Tracker

1953- Korean War ends

1954- Grumman begins production of F11F-1 Tiger, the company's first supersonic plane

1958- Grumman begins development of corporate jets, Gulfstream Series

1959- Grumman begins production of YAO-1 Mohawk for the United States Army

1960- Grumman begins production of E-2A Hawkeye

1960- Grumman begins production of A2F-1 Intruder

1961- President John F. Kennedy promises to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade

1962- Grumman selected by NASA as prime contractor for the Lunar Module (LM)

1965- First combat marines from United States land in Vietnam

1965- Grumman begins production of Super Ag-Cat, specifically designed for agriculture use

1969- Apollo 11 crew land on the moon in the Grumman LM 5, the Eagle; Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to step on the lunar surface

1969- Company Stockholders vote to change the name from Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. to Grumman Aircraft Corp.

1969- Apollo 12 crew land on the moon with LM 6

1969- Lew Evans announces that "we won the fight" to build the F-14A (VFX)

1971- Apollo 14 crew land on the moon with LM 8 (February)

1971- Apollo 15 crew land on the moon with LM 10 (July)

1972- Apollo 16 crew land on the moon with LM 11

1972- Apollo 17 crew land on the moon with LM 12, the last Apollo mission

1974- Grumman gets contract for EF-111A Raven

1975- First flight of Iranian F-14A Tomcat (Dec. 5)

1975- United States leaves Vietnam

1978- Grumman American subsidiary sold and becomes Gulfstream Aerospace

1980- Grumman begins building of experimental, forward swept wing X-29's

1994- Northrop purchases Grumman and becomes Northrop-Grumman


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