National Helicopter Museum
The National Helicopter Museum collects and exhibits images and objects related to the long history of the aviation and helicopter industry in Stratford, the home of Sikorsky Aircraft company. Sikorsky Aircraft built the experimental helicopters developed by inventor Igor Sikorsky.
The National Helicopter Museum traces the evolution of the rotary wing from early predecessors like the boomerang and Chinese tops to designs by Leonardo da Vinci and George Cayley to early motorized experiments to modern helicopters of today.
Igor Sikorsky's first helicopter success in Stratford on September 14, 1939 is documented as well as his subsequent productions.
Also displayed are the small gas turbine engines developed locally by Dr. Anselm Franz at Avco Lycoming which power such helicopters as the Bell Helicopter UH-1 Iroquois or Huey and the Boeing CH-47 Chinook.
Other exhibits include ones on tilt rotor development; current photos and models of aircraft by Bell, Boeing, Kaman Aircraft, Robinson Helicopter, and Sikorsky; and a working cockpit of the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter.
Hours and Admission
- Seasonal opening: Open May 30 to October 15.
- Opening Hours: Wednesday — Sunday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
- Admission: Free
- "Helicopter Museum Opens", Eleanor Charles, The New York Times, Oct. 30, 1983.
- "If You're Thinking of Living In: Stratford", Adam Liptak, The New York Times, Feb. 17, 1985.
- "A No-Frills Ride Through Helicopter History," Bill Ryan, The Hartford Courant, July 17, 1988.
- "Helicopters In History," Joel Thompson, Connecticut Post, Aug. 13, 2006.