President of Igor I. Sikorsky Historical Archives gives free talk

Dan Libertino

Dan Libertino

Dan Libertino, president of the Igor I. Sikorsky Historical Archives, Inc. will give a free talk Thursday, June 4, at 10 a.m., at the Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace. Advance registration is required by calling 203-256-3166.

Historical artifacts and memorabilia as well as documents form the basis of the Igor I. Sikorsky Historical Archives which strives to collect and preserve the testament to Igor Sikorsky’s history and his legacy.

Libertino will discuss background information about Igor Sikorsky, including his roots and his flight to freedom from Russia to the United States in 1919, as a person impoverished and out of work.

Many people are not aware that shortly after the Wright Brothers notable successes, Igor Sikorsky began experimenting with the helicopter. Notably unsuccessful in those efforts, within 10 years he was famous in Kiev (now Ukraine) in Imperial Russia and honored by the Czar, for his fixed- wing, four-engine aircraft first flown in 1913 — only 10 years after the Wright Brothers first flight in 1903.

Kept alive through sheer determination and dogged persistence, within 10 years again, he was well known and on the brink of success. But for a take-off accident, his multi-engine aircraft might well have won the Orteig prize, shortly after it was claimed by Charles Lindbergh.

Sikorsky went on to produce multi-engine seaplanes, which became the core of international passenger travel. Those aircraft became the core of his companies’ successes. Since the end of the Cold War, interest in the Sikorsky history has even surged in former countries of the Soviet Union, particularly in his birth location, Kiev, Ukraine. In Russia and the Ukraine, major celebrations of the 120th Year of Igor Sikorsky’s Birth took place on May 25, 2009.

Libertino and The Archives are very proud to share the information about the contributions to these respective organizations in Russia and the Ukraine-which sponsored these celebrations.

The public is invited to attend this most interesting talk about one of Connecticut’s leaders and pioneers in the aerospace industry. Please reserve your free seat by calling 203-256-3166

The Center is handicapped accessible. Free parking is available. Transportation is available to Fairfield senior residents by calling 203-256-3168 a few days in advance. A $2.lunch is available Monday – Friday at 12 noon. Reservations are required at least 3 business days in advance by calling 203-256-3118 after 10 a.m.

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