Northrop Grumman Donates $125,000 to Long Island Museum
Company plans additional donation in 2005 as educational involvement grows
BETHPAGE, N.Y., Sept. 7, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) today reinforced its commitment to help improve national engineering, science and technology education by making a donation of $125,000 to the Long Island Museum of Science and Technology (the Museum). The contribution will help this newest of Long Island museums become a world-class educational center. The company plans to make a similar donation to the Museum next year.

The company presented a check for the donation to Museum officials during ceremonies at the Museum’s future site in Garden City, New York.

“Over the years we’ve donated approximately $1 million in cash and services to Long Island’s Cradle of Aviation Museum to help preserve this community’s deep, rich aviation history,” said Philip A. Teel, an Integrated Systems sector vice president who works in the company’s Long Island offices. “Now we build for the future. Northrop Grumman views the Long Island Museum of Science and Technology as a catalyst. It will fire the enthusiasm of our children for the sciences, and inspire them to study and train for future leadership roles in what has come to be known as ‘Tech Island.’”

“Northrop Grumman is to be congratulated for taking a critical leadership role in the development of a major science and technology center on Long Island,” said Morton L. Certilman, chairman, Board of Trustees, Long Island Museum of Science and Technology. “The Long Island Museum of Science & Technology will be an integral part of our educational landscape as well as a showcase for Long Island scientific innovation, both present and future. Northrop Grumman’s place in Long Island’s technological legacy is well known, and it is both gratifying and appropriate that this company should be leading the campaign to bring LIMSAT to fruition.”

“Northrop Grumman’s donation reinforces the importance the company places on community involvement, and particularly support of our students and educational institutions,” said Robert Klein vice president for engineering, logistics and technology at the sector’s Long Island office, and a member of the Museum’s board.

In recent years, added Klein, Northrop Grumman’s Long Island business operation has increased its involvement with the engineering departments of several local universities. It has also become a significant supporter of the FIRST Robotics program and has been expanding its high school intern and shadow-day programs.

The Long Island Museum of Science and Technology is a work in progress. Its seeds were planted several ago when the superintendent of the Kings Park, N.Y., schools and its school board offered the Friends of the Long Island Museum of Science and Technology group the use of two classrooms at the R.J. Osgood Administration Center Complex. This preview version of the Museum served as an exhibit development-and-test center, a training center for local students wishing to learn how to be volunteer “explainers” to museum visitors, and a super-resource to area school science and technology programs.

Current plans call for the Museum’s main facility to be built next to the Cradle of Aviation museum at Mitchel Center in Nassau County as part of “Museum Row” - a complex of linked museums just west of Nassau Community College that will comprise the Cradle, the Long Island Children’s Museum and the Long Island Museum of Science and Technology. A demonstration site for the latter is scheduled to open by the end of 2004 and will be accessible through the existing Cradle of Aviation’s Reckson Visitors’ Center. Construction of its multi-story permanent museum will begin in about five years later.

Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems is a premier aerospace and defense systems integration organization. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., it designs, develops, produces and supports integrated systems and subsystems optimized for use on networks. For its government and civil customers worldwide, Integrated Systems delivers best-value solutions, products and services that support military and homeland defense missions in the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; space access; battle management command and control; and integrated strike warfare.

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The Cradle of Aviation Museum is great! And if you go on a Friday afternoon, ask for Fred Meiners (a volunteer). He works for NGC and will give you a great tour of the place. I had the pleasure of working with him (I interned at NGC in Bethpage) and getting his grand tour. But the Long Island Museum of Science and Technology is one I have yet to visit…maybe the next time I’m on the Island. :slight_smile:

Yeah I’ve been to the Cradle of Aviation Museum when they first started and two summers ago. But in any rate they’ve hidden the F-14A Tomcat and the prototype A-6F intruder in the hanger next door (last I was their). This was Grumman’s initial donation to the museum I believe (they were closing their Calverton plant down). But it’d be nice that they’d sponsor teams in the areas in which their employees live. This also shows more and more, you cannot just take but you also must remember two things, to give back, and remember where you are from.

This was Grumman’s initial donation to the museum I believe (they were closing their Calverton plant down).

When did they close the plant? I remember when I went to go stare at the airplanes from the fence.

my dad who works for northrup grumman said it was closing down slowly in the 90s and they gave it back to the navy

any long island northrup grumman worker can tell u for sure though

Some of the Buildings are Navy cause they paid for them to build F6F Hellcats and TBF Avengers in World War II. A few of the original ones in Bethpage are Grumman. They starting shutting down after the merger I think… not to sure as I didn’t live out in Suffolk County. Though they might have sold it earlier. But in any rate, the merger to Northrop was in like 1994.

Seeing the F-14 and A-6F up close was real nice and a lot of fun. You really can smell the jet fuel on and around 'em.

When Northrop and Grumman merged is when they started shutting down Calverton (94 or something like that). They were initially going to shut down Bethpage, too…but then decided against it. There are about 4200 people working in Bethpage now. And I’m pretty sure they still do have the F-14 in the hangar next door to the Cradle of Aviation museum. Supposedly, that’s going to open up by the end of the year. In Bethpage, they have most of a E-2C there…so I got to play around on that; it was a lot of fun. :slight_smile:

That hanger was the “original” museum at least while they were starting to build it next door. Its good to hear places like these can expand and grow.

The last F-14 was delivered from Calverton in the early 90’s. I remember during the last company picnic held out there, the last new F-14 was doing touch-and-go tests, so it kept roaring over the picnic grounds.

After that the F-14 program was moved to Pax River, MD and Grumman moved out of the buildings. All the land and buildings at Calverton were Navy owned, it was really a Navy facility, so Grumman handed the buildings back to the Navy in the late 90’s and around 2000 the Navy handed it all over to Riverhead for development.

There is still one F-14 at Calverton mounted on a pedestal at a Grumman memorial park on rte. 25. It was flown into Calverton and circled Bethpage on it’s final flight. The PA kept us briefed on where it was and we all went out to watch when it arrived.

The news brief Cheryl posted above has already gotten us some queries from local Long Island schools that aren’t yet involved in FIRST.

Those company picnics were fun for us kids. Glad you have some more interest for FRIST in your area. The same is happening here in Boston… we just need to get organized to do it. :ahh: