National Helicopter Museum features exhibits which include models and photos of current rotary craft and biographies on engineers and pilots.
Connecticut is well known for its connection to aviation, being tied to renowned aircraft, powerplants, and propeller manufacturers. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Pratt and Whitney, Chance Vought, Avco Lycoming, Hamilton Standard, and United Aircraft are all based in Connecticut. The National Helicopter Museum in Stratford, Connecticut is in a building between Avco Lycoming and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and was founded in 1978 because of the strong association between helicopters and the city.
The National Helicopter Museum in Stratford, Connecticut features a photo essay of helicopterdevelopment. The essay begins with nature’s own “helicopters” such as the dragonfly and hummingbird, to man-made boomerangs and Chinese tops, to current international developments.
Exhibits include models and photos of current rotary craft and biographies on engineers and pilots such as Igor Sikorsky and John Olsen. A new exhibit at the Museum features the Bendix helicopter, created by Vincent Bendix who also invented the auto self-starter, four-wheel brakes, and carburetors.
The museum is run by volunteers, many being former Sikorsky employees. You are sure to get only the best information. The National Helicopter Museum is open seasonally, from Memorial Day weekend until October. Open Wednesday through Sunday, special tours can also be arranged.
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