Paying Tribute to the People Who Took Aviation
from the Flight Deck of a Navy Carrier to Man's First Steps on the Moon
On October 22, 2004, David L. Grumman, son of Mr. Grumman, stopped by Grumman Memorial Park to check on our progress. Dave was in town for the annual Air & Space Gals held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City on the evening of October 21.
Accompanied Dave was our own historian, and director, Bill Barto. Dave was quite impressed with the progress we have made since his last visit a few years ago. The expansion to include three more acres of cleared land, the acquisition of an A-6E Intruder (currently enroute to Calverton), the small pre-fab building from the Town of Riverhead, the latest exhibit of an AIM-54 Phoenix missile, and the tribute to his dad, pictured at left.
Dave spent a few hours with Bill and Chairman Joe Van de Wetering discussing the future plans of Grumman Memorial Park. All in all, despite the heavily overcastted day, with a few sprinkles, Dave enjoyed his visit and is looking forward to returning, perhaps next year, to see our Intruder in place and other exhibits currently being worked on.