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Vliegtuigbouwer maakt onverwoestbare kano

De eerste Grumman kano's werden gemaakt van overtollig vliegtuig Aluminium uit de tweede wereldoorlog.

Grumman got its footing as a company making aluminum warplanes for the US Navy in WWII. In the summer of 1944, Grumman executive William Hoffman noted how heavy wood and canvas canoes were to portage. This gave him an idea. “We can make a lighter and more durable canoe out of aluminum!” The following year, Grumman produced the world’s first aluminum canoe out of their surplus military-grade aluminum.

Top Gun’s “Maverick” vloog een Grumman.


That’s right. The hero of top gun piloted the F14 Tomcat, a fighter jet developed by none other than Grumman. The F14 Tomcat saw over 30 years of service, but it would still need a few decades to catch up to the years Grumman canoes have served on the water.

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