USMC Sikorsky Airpower


Dropping In U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean Berry/Released


U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force fast-rope from an  Sikorsky MH-60R during maritime interoperability training off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., Jan. 16, 2015. The training prepares the Marines for their upcoming deployment by enhancing their combat skills, and teaching them techniques for boarding vessels.


 Special Delivery U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Evan R. White/Released


Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), assigned to the combat cargo division of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), secure a pallet during an underway replenishment aboard the Makin Island, Jan. 6, 2014. The 11th MEU is deployed with Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout U.S. Central Command and 5th Fleet area of responsibility.


Home Sweet Home  U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan/Released



Marines with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), off-load from a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th MEU, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), Dec. 12. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.






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Two Roads 3rd Annual Igor Day was a Great Success!


Our team had a wonderful day at Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford.  We appreciated Brad Hittle,  Two Roads management and staff for allowing and accommodating us so we could be a part of the event, celebrating one of aviation’s true pioneer’s, Igor I Sikorsky.  Igor Sikorsky’s sons as well as Two Roads Brewmaster Phil Markowski were there to sign bottles and autographs.  Most amazingly of all, Two Roads Brewing Company is donating 10% of the bar proceeds to go to the Connecticut Air and Space Center’s Hangar Restoration fund.

A Huge,Huge, Thank You from all of us at the Connecticut Air & Space Center to the guys and gals at Two Roads Brewing Company! It’s good to know when you decide to take the “road less traveled” that we have great friends to share it with.

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3rd Bottle Release of Igor Sikorsky’s Imperial Stout at the Two Roads Brewing Company on Saturday January 24th

10922429_584497434984761_1703600647390804760_nThe Connecticut Air & Space Center has been invited to attend the 3rd Bottle Release of Igor Sikorsky’s Imperial Stout at the Two Roads Brewing Company on Saturday January 24th. Doors open @ 11 am. Bottle sales will start at noon. There will be a coffee and breakfast truck outside selling their products. Two Roads have also requested a small display on the Curtiss Hanger Renovation Project at which we will show our project to the public and collect donations. The Sikorsky Archives will also have a nice display where in the past one of Igor’s sons signed your bottles or books.

If you have time on Saturday the 24th please try to attend and support Two Roads. We have attended the previous years and really enjoyed it! Two Roads has supported the Connecticut Air & Space Center and have bigger plans for their support this coming year! So lets have a good showing to return the favor!

Thank You
Hope to see you there!!!!

Two Roads Brewing Company
1700 Stratford Ave Stratford CT 06615

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Museum Acquires Rare Safety Badge

CV_Safety CommittieWe were very lucky to acquire a very rare Chance Vought Committee, Green Cross, Enamel Lapel Pin.  It measures 1 1/4 inch x 1 1/8 inch, about the size of a half dollar. It was originally owned by an employee at Chance Vought who worked at the factory from the 1930’s till after moving to Texas. Plant and Workers safety were and still are big issues in factories. This pin dates from around 1947, prior to Chance Vought’s move to Texas.

The Green Cross is part of the National Safety Council.

The nation’s leading safety advocate for more than 100 years, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization with the mission to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

The museum is always seeking unique worker related items to help tell the story of building aviation in Connecticut. Uniforms, coveralls, pins, documents, photos and personal items such as tools help us communicate a richer story.  If you have something like this from Sikorsky, Chance Vought, AVCO, Kaman, Pratt & Whitney or others please reach out to us and help save our history for the next generation. Please contact

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 Connecticut Air & Space Center sponsors Toys-for-Tots drive in Stratford.

TFT_CASC_2014_ver03-01In concert with the United States Marine Corps, the Connecticut Air & Space Center (CASC) is conducting its fifth consecutive toy drive for children in need.

According to Ed McGuiness, Treasurer for CASC, “We’ve been very successful in past years in helping children enjoy their holiday of giving with toys they would not otherwise have. This is a very special time for us and our team will assure the toys that are donated are delivered in time for them to enjoy. Please donate toys by December 20.”

McGuiness noted that all toys to be donated should not be wrapped and in the containers in which they came.

Drop-off box at CASC for museum volunteers donations.

Drop-off box at CASC for museum volunteers donations.

Drop-off points in Stratford:

Stanziales Restaurant
595 Main St.
(203) 377-1411

Volo Aviation
900 Great Meadow Rd
(203) 381-6000

VFW Post 9460
100 Veterans Blvd.
(203) 377-9112

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Connecticut Air & Space Center to restore Vietnam Era helicopter

Rescuing a Hero - The Hughes OH-6A 67-16477 was operated by the Westchester County Police Aviation Unit for almost 20 years. - Westchester County Police Officer Brian Powers, CASC Volunteer Raymond Miller, Executive Director Andrew King and Westchester County Police Officer & Pilot Sean Lonergan

Rescuing a Hero – The Hughes OH-6A 67-16477 was operated by the Westchester County Police Aviation Unit for almost 20 years. – Westchester County Police Officer Brian Powers, CASC Volunteer Raymond Miller, Executive Director Andrew King and Westchester County Police Officer & Pilot Sean Lonergan

November 14, 2014 – The Connecticut Air & Space Center announced today it will begin work on the restoration of a light observation helicopter (LOH), Hughes OH-6A 67-16477, that saw service in Vietnam in 1969.

“We will be restoring this ship to its original color scheme and proper markings,”
said Andrew King, Executive Director of the Center, who studied the background of this aircraft for several months and has been in touch with the pilot. He noted the aircraft was acquired from General Services Administration .

The LOH flew transport and courier missions and also reconnaissance missions some of them to flush out small pockets of the enemy from the brush at low altitudes.

“What is a coincidence is one our volunteers may have actually flown on this aircraft as he, the pilot and the aircraft were assigned the second brigade headquarters company of the 101st Airborne Division at the same time.”

King noted the Center has civilian and military aircraft from World War II, Korea and the Cold War and that many are now undergoing restoration at its shop in Stratford, Connecticut.

The Connecticut Air & Space Center is a 501( c ) (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the pioneers of early aviation history, restoring and preserving examples of the aircraft they flew and educating this and future generations of their aviation history. The Center relies solely on volunteer work and donations for its operation.

Media please contact
Ron Kurtz
CASC Public Relations

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2014 Corsair Restoration Benefit and Car Show Recap

"It was the epitome of a team effort in every regard. " Ed McGuinness, Corsair Restoration Project Manager

“It was the epitome of a team effort in every regard. ” Ed McGuinness, Corsair Restoration Project Manager

September 7th, 2014 was a beautiful day. Over 140 cars and trucks showed up to support the 2014 Corsair Restoration Benefit and Car Show. By all accounts it was a rousing success.

Visitors were able to see many beautiful vintage cars, street rods, custom cars, muscle cars, military vehicles , as well as a pair of amazing fire trucks.

Perched like a huge Seagull among the vintage automobiles and asphalt was the Whitehead #21 replica on display by Andy Kosch and his remarkable  support team. People we able to learn some astounding  history about early aviation in Connecticut.

I feel like we may have missed something… Oh yes! For the first time in public in over 6 years, the Sikorsky Memorial Corsair, in all her yellow primed glory,  was displayed with her restored wings and restored Pratt & Whitney R-2800 reattached! It was quite the sight, taking some visitors back a full 74 years back in time, when seeing a Corsair being rolled on Main Street was an hourly event for the duration of WW2.

The Corsair restoration team has had their proverbial nose to the grindstone for the past 6 months getting the Corsair into this beautiful shape. There are many names and faces that have made this project possible and with out their long hours of dedication this accomplishment would never have happened. The Connecticut Air & Space Center has some amazing volunteers!

We have lots of photos to share at the end but first we have to try and acknowledge everyone who came together this year to help make this event such a perfect day.

So a HUGE Thank You to:

Sue French and her gift shop table with many interesting souvenirs to purchase. Sue also managed to wrangle Channel 8 (WTNH) news. They did quite a long piece that ran Sunday night into Monday morning and we are really appreciative of the coverage.

The Soltis Family and especially Eileen Soltis who is already talking about improvements and ideas for next year. Just stay out of her way when she is motivated!! Just gotta love it!!! Chris Soltis – great art work and Dennis Soltis for getting everything for the booths in order and in place.

The Corsair Girls and the Chance Vought Grandmas who baked and manned the bake sale. All the ladies were there with smiles the whole day. The bake sale ended up being an amazing success.

To one of the Corsair Girls who will go unnamed, dealing with a health challenge, was there from start to finish.  With that huge smile! Damn – was I impressed. Thank you! (From Ed McGuinness)

John Lott / Hankin Print. You are looking at many of his amazing photos both B&W and Color.  He also took point on production for the sponsor boards… Need we say more?  Oh yes, he went up in the aerial pumper truck and took the most amazing overhead shot of the entire show!  Credit also goes to John for the picture of the Corsair at the beginning of this story.

Stanziale’s – Don, Kim and their crew and the Cruisin East Club. How do you thank them for going to such lengths? The food was awesome, their people were there working in that hot sun swatting bees with one hand and serving food with the other. We had over 140 cars and and innumerable amount of participants and spectators. It was a wonderful turnout.

The Town of Stratford. Thank you for arranging the truck load of barricades to help keep the parking lot safe and the for the mobile stage.  We are very proud to be part of such a great community.

Museum President Gene Madara worked the day at the Corsair Bond table raising almost $500 towards the cause.

The Corsair Team. Nothing but very highest praise was heard for the work they are doing and the level of detail to which they are going to bring The Corsair back to life. The team all strive to leave their mark on aviation history in some way. Everyone working at any and every level on the Sikorsky Memorial Corsair has accomplished that very thing. As Mark Corvino and Ed McGuinness have been saying a lot recently – “It’s an honor to be a part of it”

Our Supporting Sponsors

Ale House
Windmill Tavern
Windsock Bar
Schocks Auto Body
Stoked smoke shop
National Glass
Town Fair Tire
Re-Max Carlos Perez
Fair Auto
Burns Tire Exchange
T-REX Audio
Center Auto Machine Shop
Towne Body Shop
M & M Transmission
Breezy Point Auto
Best Brake and Safety
K 2 Automotive
Hankin Print
A & F Mohegan Garage
Midland Development Co.
Auto Parts Unlimited
Hards Corner Tavern
B R Y A C Restaurant
Blue Sky Flight
Gene Madara ( In Memory)
Tautog Tavern
Sitting Duck Tavern
Harding Apts
Chubbys Restaurant
T.C. & Francine Coughlin
Tony Rod Costume Fenching
Century 21
John J Brennan Construction Co.

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