Early Aircraft

This photo (1st photo) was taken inside the facility on the production floor. Shown here is the very first fighter Grumman delivered to the US Navy, the FF-1, BuNo. 9351 on April 24, 1933. In those days it was customary for the contractor to deliver the aircraft painted in the markings of the squadron it was intended for. This aircraft is destined for the squadron commander of VF-5B, The Red Rippers, assigned to the USS Lexington. Today, the Red Rippers fly the F-14B Tomcat, Grumman’s last fighter.

This photo (2nd photo) of the G-22 Gulfhawk was taken in 1936 or 1937. The Gulfhawk was a one-of-a-kind aircraft built for the Gulf Oil Company and flown by renowned aerobatic pilot Major Al Williams, USMC (ret.). Seen here in front of the Grumman factory, it sits across Conklin Street on the grass airfield. Other production aircraft at Farmingdale included: FF-1, SF-1, F2F-1, F3F-1, JF-1, J2F-1 Duck, and G-21 Goose.