A Century of Innovation in Aerospace and Defense

Since Charles Lindbergh’s first trans-Atlantic flight from Nassau County’s Roosevelt Field in 1927, Nassau County has been known as the “Cradle of Aviation.” From manufacturing aircraft for World Wars I and II to manufacturing the lunar module for the Apollo space program, Nassau County has made important contributions to the aerospace and defense industries and aviation employment for nearly a century.

Anchored by the long presence of industry giant Northrop Grumman, scores of other aviation-related companies currently operate in Nassau County and its neighboring counties on Long Island, providing aviation employment and producing a wide variety of parts for virtually every American aircraft that flies today. In fact, the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler, one of the military’s latest combat planes, uses electronic jamming equipment designed and built by Northrop Grumman engineers in Bethpage, Nassau County.

With one of the most experienced workforces in the industry, Nassau County boasts a highly skilled, trained labor pool (aerospace engineering and aviation employment) that is ready to build on its long history of innovation in aerospace and defense. In addition, Nassau County’s prime location within 30 minutes of three airports – JFK, LaGuardia and Long Island MacArthur – provides the infrastructure and international access crucial for successful aerospace and defense companies and aviation employment.