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1930 Grumman Aeronautical Engineering Company formed by Leroy Grumman, Jake Swirbul, Bill Schwendler, E. Clint Towl and Ed Poor
1931 Introduction of the XFF-1, the first Navy fighter with fully retractable landing gear (which Grumman designed) and fully enclosed cockpit
1936 Grumman expanded its operations to Bethpage, N.Y.
1940 First flight of the Grumman Wildcat
1942 Grumman became the first aircraft company to receive the Navy E flag for production efficiency
1944 Grumman introduced the F6F Hellcat
1947 The Grumman F9F Panther jet prototype made its first flight
1952 First flight of the Jaguar, the first variable sweep-wing fighter
1960 The A-6 Intruder attack aircraft prototype made its first flight
1960 First flight of the E-2A Hawkeye; this aircraft became the U.S. Navy's only airborne early warning and control platform
1963 First flight of the EA-6 Electric Intruder, the company's first airborne electronic attack aircraft; it was built for the Marines and led to the Navy and Marine Prowlers
1969 The Apollo Lunar Module carried men to the surface of the moon
1974 In the last days of the Vietnam War, the F-14, in its first deployment with USS Enterprise, flew top cover during the evacuation of Saigon
1977 First flight of the EF-111A, designed to detect, sort, identify and nullify different enemy radars.
1988 Joint STARS prototype made its first flight
1994 Acquired by Northrop Corporation