United Aero Group has donated a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter to the Connecticut Air & Space Center, a restoration museum at the former Stratford Army Engine Plant complex. The company acquired the aircraft from a transport operator in Brazil. It is donating a complete airframe, original avionics, wiring and other components to the museum.
The Stratford, Connecticut-based company made the decision for the donation after museum staff showed a United team one of its treasures — the only surviving Sikorsky S-60 "Flying Crane," which was the last aircraft designed by Igor Sikorsky and the precursor to the modern Erickson-manufactured S-64 "Flying Crane." The museum plans to restore that aircraft using the donated airframe.
The S-76a during its flight career for Lider Taxi Aereo in Brazil. Photo courtesy of United Aero Group
The S-60 "Flying Crane" was Igor Sikorsky's last design. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Archives