Grumman FF

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The FF made up for in innovation what it lacked in the “svelte and graceful” department.  What was so innovative, you ask?  It was the first US Navy carrier plane with retractable landing gear.  Pic #1 shows an FF-1 (9361) of VF-5B (USS Lexington).  It crashed in 1935.  #2 is an FF-2 (9371) of NAS Norfolk.  The hangars are those of Roosevelt Field, NY.

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