Cradle event to honor Grumman’s fabled F-14

The Cradle of Aviation museum is celebrating Long Island’s aeronautic glory days with a dinner and panel discussion honoring Grumman’s F-14 Tomcat, arguably one of the nation’s finest-ever fighters.

The event, set for April 21, kicks off at 4 p.m. with a reunion of Grumman execs, test pilots and other workers, followed by dinner and discussion. The panel includes Mike Rabens, Grumman’s former Top Gun and director of flight testing, astronaut and former F-14 pilot Winston Scott and Mike Ciminera and Hank Janiesch, both vice presidents in the Tomcat program.

Dennis Romano, who flew second seat on the first flight tests of Tomcat No. 3 – now on display at the Cradle – will also take part, as will the U.S. Naval Academy’s superintendent, Vice Adm. Ted Carter.

Tickets for the event are $100. To reserve a seat or table, call 516-572-4066 for reservations or contact Carol Nelson at 516-572-4026 for additional information.