1967 Nasa / Grumman Brochure



This is an original and rare Nasa / Grumman Apollo Era "Transgraphic" Technical Brochure. The brochure measures 8 x 10 inches and includes components of the Lunar Module printed on a series of 6 transparent acetate overlays. There are 118 numbered components which are identified by a legend on the trailing end paper. The covers are printed on a lightweight coated paper.

Grumman was the chief Contractor for the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM), the amazing spacecraft that in 1969, successfully landed 2 astronauts on the Moon, and safely returned them to Lunar Orbit. Six such craft successfully landed on the Moon between 1969 and 1972.

Leroy Grumman worked for the Loening Aircraft Engineering Corporation in the 1920s but when the company was sold and moved in the 1920s, Grumman and his partners: (Edmund Ward Poor, William Schwendler, Jake Swirbul and Clint Towl), all former employees of the Loening Corporation, established their own company in an old factory on Long Island, NY. The company was named for Grumman because he was the largest investor and opened it's doors in 1930.

The company began by welding aluminum tubing for truck frames but eagerly pursued contracts with the US Navy. Grumman soon got it's wish and designed the first practical retractable landing gear. This contract launched Grumman into the aviation market. The first Grumman aircraft contract was also for the Navy, the Grumman FF-1, a biplane with retractable landing gear.

Grumman's first jet aircraft was the F9F Panther. The companies biggest postwar successes came in the 1960s with the A-6 Intruder and the E-2 Hawkeye and in the 1970s with the Grumman EA-6B Prowler and F-14 Tomcat. Grumman products were prominent in the film Top Gun.

Grumman received a contract to build the "Lunar Module" on November 7, 1962 and built 13 modules in total. The company bid to build the "Space Shuttle" but lost out to Rockwell International. Grumman, nonetheless contributed to the shuttle as a subcontractor.

Grumman also built numerous business and commercial aircraft including the Gulfstream I turboprop (Grumman model G-159)

In 1969 the company changed its name to Grumman Aerospace Corporation, and in 1978 it sold the Grumman-American Division to Gulfstream Aerospace. The company built the Grumman Long Life Vehicle (LLV), a light transport mail truck designed for and used by the United States Postal Service. The LLV entered service in 1986.

Lunar Module (Eagle/Tranquility Base) on the moon 20 July 1969 (Photo NASA).

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