Jet Age Gallery, 1946-1995
The end of World War Two brought change to the local defense industry which attempted to diversify into several new fields. The birth of the post-war jet age also saw rapid population growth in Nassau County that forced the closing of several historic airfields. At the same time commercial airports on Long Island expanded greatly. New technology arose that revolutionized aviation including jet aircraft and helicopters, as well as the Atomic Bomb, which led to a lengthy period of tension known as the ‘Cold War’. Grumman and Republic also produced powerful new military aircraft that saw combat in three wars - and still serve today.