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Leroy Randle Grumman

Entrepreneur & Engineer

Born: January 4, 1895 in Huntington, New York
Death: October 4, 1982
Enshrined: 1972

Started Grumman Aeronautical Engineering Corporation in 1929.

Developed the FF-1, F2F single-seat fighter, F3F biplane fighter, and a variety of amphibians for sportsmen, executives, and small airlines operating in remote regions.

Invented the “Sto-Wing,” a wing that folds, so that more planes can be stored on aircraft carriers.

Credited by the Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal, with securing Allied success in the Pacific for his contributions to the war effort.

Presented with the Navy’s first “E” award for production Excellence.

Created the “Bearcats,” the “Panther,” and the Navy’s first jet aircraft used in combat.

Designed and built the the Apollo Lunar Module under his leadership.

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