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Leroy (Randle) Grumman - Early life, Work, Grumman Company, Late in life

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Engineer and aircraft pioneer, born in Huntington, New York, USA. He studied engineering at Cornell University, and served as a navy pilot in World War 1. He became general manager of the Loening Aeronautical Corporation (1921–9), thereafter forming his own company. He produced a series of successful navy aircraft which played vital roles in the naval battles in World War 2, and jet fighters after the war. He also built the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) for the Apollo flights to the Moon.

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