I will be posting a series of really neat slideshows regarding the early history of flight, especially as it relates to Long Island, NY. My photos are from the Cradle of Aviation Museum exhibits in Garden City, NY on Long Island. If you are ever in NY this is a fantastic museum for all ages interested in aviation including spaceflight. It’s a great place for youth as well to learn about flight.
This first slideshow revolves around the theme of Vietnam war era aircraft on through to around late 90s highlighting Grumman Corp. and Fairchild Republic (now Northrop Grumman) aircraft built on Long Island.
So click on the slideshow image below to see some really neat photos.
The U.S. Navy Grumman F11F-1 Tiger fighter aircraft, seen here, was used in 1956 and built by Grumman Corp. on Long Island for the Navy. It was the first supersonic jet that could land and take off from an aircraft carrier. The Navy’s aerobatic team, the Blue Angels, adopted this aircraft for their flight demonstrations from 1957 to 1969.
This aircraft had an infamous event, it was the first jet aircraft to shoot itself down. While test-firing its 20mm cannons, the rounds crossed path with the jet during a dive and struck the F-11F-1. The pilot survived a crash landing.
The aircraft was fitted for the AN/APS-50 radar set but it was never installed. This was a Search Radar System; manufactured by Northrop Grumman.