Grumman

As Apollo anniversary nears, mission time at CoA

By GREGORY ZELLER // Unless you’re hiding under a moon rock, you know that humankind’s first stroll on the lunar surface was 50 years ago this July – and as the golden anniversary approaches, excitement at the Cradle of Aviation Museum is reaching escape velocity. The Garden City museum’s “Countdown to Apollo at 50” – which kicked off 16 months ago – reaches its climax July 20, the exact date when NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong…


With Riverhead’s nod, CAT set to soar in Calverton

By GREGORY ZELLER // A development team with big plans for a reinvigorated Long Island aerospace industry spread its wings Wednesday night, soaring straight toward its long-desired nest. Calverton Aviation & Technology, a 2017 LLC formed by partners Luminati Aerospace and Triple Five Worldwide Group, was deemed “qualified and eligible” by the Riverhead Community Development Agency, clearing the runway for a $40 million, 1,643-acre purchase agreement previously negotiated by Luminati and the Town of Riverhead….


Space vets all-go for Cradle of Aviation ‘Countdown’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A star-studded crew of cosmic heroes was on board Thursday, when the Cradle of Aviation Museum started the clock on its 18-month-plus “Countdown to Apollo at 50.” The long-term celebration, featuring new exhibits and educational initiatives at the Garden City museum, leads up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission – man’s first recorded moon landing, on July 20, 1969. Long Island, of course, played a vital role in…


Plant 6 reopened, Luminati says it’s ready for takeoff

Long Island is taxiing back toward the forefront of aerospace manufacturing. One year after a ballyhooed test flight of its solar-powered VO Substrata solar-powered aircraft, Luminati Aerospace LLC held a grand reopening of sorts Friday, cutting the ribbon on Plant 6 at its Enterprise Park at Calverton facility – once a thriving manufacturing hub for Grumman Aerospace Corp. The ceremony included former NASA astronaut Terry Virts, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean…


Luminati to debut made-on-LI solar plane

The first aircraft to be designed and built in Calverton since Grumman Aerospace Corp. went wheels-up more than 22 years ago is scheduled to make its public debut Friday. The V0 Substrata – a piloted, single-seat electric “motorglider” – is expected to perform flight demonstrations after an official unveiling at Luminati Aerospace’s headquarters, the former Grumman Naval Base test facility in Calverton. In 2015, Luminati Aerospace moved in and announced a $50 million investment to…


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…