The Grumman Memorial Park is a volunteer effort paying tribute to the incredible advances in aviation and aerospace that took place on Long Island, thanks to the teamwork of the employees of Grumman Corporation.Today a group of volunteers from the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City with the requisite knowledge will be coming out to do the work. The town is supplying the paint and power washer, bucket truck and other materials needed to make the U.S. Navy aircraft — they are technically on loan to Riverhead — shipshape again.
Years of flying on patrol all over the world couldn’t take the shine off the sleek F-14 Tomcat jet fighter and the A-6 Intruder attack jet on open-air display at Grumman Memorial Park at Calverton. The F-14 Tomcat made its test flight at Calverton in 1979, and was decommissioned in 1997. It went on public display in 2000 — the only Tomcat to permanently return to its birthplace.
Grumman Memorial Park is located on Route 25 near the Route 25A intersection and is situated on a one-acre site (with an additional nine acres of land for expansion) on the former Grumman Aerospace Flight Test Facility (Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant) in Calverton, Long Island, New York. The Park is due east of the 10,000-foot runway.
Open Daily from 9 AM – 5 PM
Directions to the site: Located on the North side of the old Grumman/Calverton airfield in Calverton, NY. Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 71, Edwards Ave. Go North (left) to first traffic light (RTE 25) make a left to next traffic light (corner RT25 and 25A). You will see the F-14 on your left just past the light.
For more information visit the park’s website,click HERE.