F-14 Tomcat and Grummen

The History

By Staci Nappi, Mom Publisher/Editor, Riverhead Macaroni Kid May 13, 2024

F-14 Tomcat and Grummen in our backyard.....  

                                                                           Do you know the history?

Nestled in the heart of Calverton, New York is a historic site that has played a significant role in aviation history. The Grumman Aerospace Corporation, founded in 1929, was once one of the most prominent aircraft manufacturers in the United States. Today, the site still stands as a testament to the innovation and dedication of the engineers and workers who helped shape the aviation industry.

Grumman's Calverton site was established in the early 1950s as a testing and manufacturing facility for the company's military planes. During the Cold War, Grumman was awarded several government contracts to build aircraft for the United States Navy and Air Force. Some of the most famous planes to come out of the Calverton plant were the F-14 Tomcat and the A-6 Intruder.

The F-14 Tomcat was a supersonic, twin-engine fighter jet used by the United States Navy for over thirty years. It was a formidable aircraft designed to defend against enemy planes and missiles. The Tomcat's distinctive swing-wing design allowed it to fly at high and low speeds, making it incredibly versatile. The aircraft was retired in 2006, but its legacy lives on thanks to its appearances in movies like Top Gun.

The A-6 Intruder, on the other hand, was a carrier-based attack aircraft that the Navy and Marine Corps used from the 1960s until the early 1990s. It was designed to fly low and slow over enemy targets, dropping bombs with pinpoint accuracy. The Intruder was also used for reconnaissance missions and could carry a variety of sensors and cameras.

Today, visitors to the Calverton site can see one of these iconic planes up close. The F-14 Tomcat on display is a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of the Grumman engineers who designed and built it. It reminds visitors of Grumman's critical role in developing military aviation.

In addition to the F-14, the Calverton site is home to various other planes and helicopters, including the A-6 Intruder, the E-2C Hawkeye, and the UH-1H Huey. Visitors can take a tour of the facility and learn about Grumman's history and the planes built there.

The Grumman Aerospace Corporation may no longer exist, but its legacy lives on in the planes it built and the people who worked there. The Calverton site is a fitting tribute to the men and women who helped shape the aviation industry and reminds us of the important role that Grumman played in our country's defense.