When Grumman ruled the waves

Found this while browsing the Pentagon picture site, and couldn’t resist. It dates from 1994, the year Grumman merged with Northrop, it’s decades-long domination of US naval aviation in decline.

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In May 1994, four of the six aircraft types flown by Carrier Air Wing 14 from the USS Vinson were Grummans. But the A-6 Intruder was retired in 1997 and the F-14 Tomcat in 2006, their places on US Navy carrier decks taken by Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

The EA-6B Prowler will soldier on for a while longer and a new generation of E-2 Hawkeye is on the way, so Grumman’s legacy lives.

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