Northrop Grumman: Did You Know?

  • Norma Jean Dougherty (aka Marilyn Monroe) once worked on Northrop’s aircraft production line.
  • The successful integration of more than 20 marquee heritage companies that are now part of today’s Northrop Grumman have achieved historic accomplishments.
  • An episode of the Star Trek television series was filmed at our Space Park facility in Redondo Beach, Calif.
  • The historic Spirit of St. Louis was built by T. Claude Ryan, with Jack Northrop assisting Ryan with the wing design.
  • The New York City Wireless Network, created and operated for the City by Northrop Grumman, serves Public Safety, First Responders and Government Operations.
  • Northrop Grumman supplied the navigation and pointing aids for NASA's Mars Rovers.
  • Northrop developed the XB-35 flying wing, a precursor to the Northrop-built B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.
  • Dodger Stadium, the Grand Coulee Dam and portions of the L.A. freeway system were built by Vinnell Corp.
  • Northrop Grumman’s Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic are developing a preliminary design for DARPA's Experimental Spaceplane XS-1.
  • On December 7, 1941, a Westinghouse SCR-270 radar detected the attack on Pearl Harbor; its warnings went unheeded because of uncertainty about the new technology's reliability.
  • The Global Hawk, initially developed to support military missions, has proven indispensable to first responders in areas devastated by natural disasters, such as Haiti, Japan and California.
  • Pioneer 10, the first manmade object to leave our solar system, was built by TRW.
  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates says he got his first big break debugging energy-grid control software for TRW when he was 15 years old.
  • NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (link) is the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • The Remotec Andros HD-series unmanned ground vehicle, similar to the one shown here, was featured in the 2009 film, The Hurt Locker.
  • The Lunar Module, the famed Eagle of the Apollo program, was designed, assembled, integrated and tested by Grumman Corporation.
  • In 2005, the U.S. Postal Service issued a set of commemorative postage stamps showing 10 classic American aircraft, including the Grumman F6F Hellcat and the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing.
  • The Lunar Excursion Module descent engine (LEMDE) for the Apollo missions was developed by TRW.

The “Did You Know?” section highlights some of our past, present and possibly future historical moments generated from the successful integration of more than 20 marquee companies that are now part of today’s Northrop Grumman

For example, did you know:

  • Both Marilyn Monroe and Bill Gates worked at one of our heritage companies?
  • An episode from the Star Trek television series was filmed at our Space Park facility?
  • We supplied the navigation and pointing aids for NASA's Mars Rovers?