Archive for aviation (20 results)

United States Army dirigible with crowd of onlookers

Airborne Pioneers: Connecticut Takes Flight

November 8, 2012

Daring flights and first-of-a-kind inventions mark the state’s 200-plus-year history of taking to the skies.  …[more]

Categories: Invention and Technology, Science, Transportation

Robertson Field, also known as Robertson Airport, Plainville

Plainville Has Been Flying High for Over 100 Years

June 4, 2013

The town of Plainville claims a special relationship with aviation culture that dates back to the earliest days of flight in the state. Pilots and aviation enthusiasts of all varieties …[more]

Categories: CT At Work: Hartford Area, Plainville, Politics and Government, Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation

Deep River, 1934 aerial survey

Road Signs of the Air

April 16, 2013

In the 1920s, when aviation was still in its infancy, most pilots navigated using road maps and by following highways, rivers, and other landmarks that they could see from the air. …[more]

Categories: Exploration and Discovery, Invention and Technology, Transportation, World War II

Igor Sikorsky and the first successful helicopter built in America, Stratford

Igor Sikorsky and his Flying Machines

August 3, 2012

This Russian émigré not only invented a machine capable of controlled vertical flight, he also re-invented his aviation career along the way.  …[more]

Categories: Invention and Technology, Stratford, Transportation

Hiram Percy Maxim

A Diversified Mind: Hiram Percy Maxim

March 15, 2012

No matter his field of endeavor—from automotive design and acoustics to wireless radio and aviation—this multitalented creator had a hand in key developments of the early 1900s. …[more]

Categories: CT At Work: Hartford Area, Hartford, Invention and Technology, Science

Igor Sikorsky in the VS-300

Igor Sikorksy Dies – Today in History

October 26, 2013

On October 26, 1972, aviation pioneer Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky died at his home in Easton.  Founder of the Sikorsky Aviation Corporation, Sikorksy moved the company to Stratford in 1929, and …[more]

Categories: Easton, Invention and Technology, Stratford

The Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company in East Hartford

The Early Years of the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company

November 9, 2012

Wasp and Hornet engines secure the reputation and success of this 1920s start-up venture.  …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, CT At Work: Hartford Area, East Hartford, War and Defense, Work, World War II

Senator Hiram Bingham of Connecticut

From the State Historian: Discovering the Explorer Hiram Bingham III

January 7, 2013

Of all the Connecticans who have left their mark in distant places, perhaps none made a more lasting—or more controversial—impression than this explorer.  …[more]

Categories: Exploration and Discovery, New Haven, Politics and Government, Salem

Guyton flying the V-173, November 23, 1942

Boone Guyton Tested the Limits of World-Famous Aircraft

September 14, 2013

Boone Guyton was one of the most prolific test pilots in US aviation history. A long-time resident of Woodbridge, Guyton piloted over 100 different models of planes, including the Japanese …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, CT AT Work: New Haven Area, Invention and Technology, Woodbridge, Work, World War II

Kaman Aircraft, 1949

Helicopters, Guitars, and Guide Dogs: The Revolutionary Mind of Charles Kaman

September 18, 2013

Charles Kaman, an inventor and aviation pioneer, managed to combine all of his passions in life (namely flying, music, and dogs) into successful business ventures. An inductee into the National …[more]

Categories: Bloomfield, CT At Work: Hartford Area, Invention and Technology, Transportation

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