VOL. 14 NO. 5 Thursday, July 19, 1979 20 cants par copy
Photo by Fred Annette The Eagle Lands In Bethpage
This past Thursday, July 12, Grumman Corporation
and Grumman Aerospace Corporation, presented to
the citizens of Bethpage, a wonderful present; a
replica of the Lunar Module. Built in Bethpage, six
LMs brought 12 men to the surface of the Moon and
back. Another LM served as a "lifeboat" for three
astronauts (see page three).
The presentation was the culmination of a year-long
effort by Grumman, the Town of Oyster Bay and the
Bethpage Rotary Club, in particular Jaime Ortiz, to
Bring the Lunar Module home to Bethpage.
The model, which rests south of the railroad station,
in the Rotary Circle, is now on permanent display. It is
a 1 / 7 scale model of the Eagle which stood 31 feet high
and weighed over 36,000 pounds.
Over two-hundred Bethpagers attended the event.
Tony Sabino, vice president of the Rotary, acted as
Master of Ceremonies. Guests included: Grumman's
Tom Kelly, vice president-engineering; Jack
Ratalliata, Public Affairs; and Tom Rozzi, vice
president, security; Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor,
Joe Colby; Town Councilmen Joseph Saladino, Sal
Mosca and Greg Carman.
Tom Kelly, "Father of the Lunar Module" and Joe
Colby addressed the audience (see page two).
The day saw temperatures reach ninety degrees and
condensation on the inside of the plexiglas made the
LM almost disappear. The structure had been put up
the day before in a heavy rain. This situation has since
been rectified, and the Eagle sits proudly in its case
letting one and all know that Bethpage is the home of
the Lunar Module,
Photo by Ferlise