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Sunday Afternoon Talks: Stratford Soars


“Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky: His Life, Careers and Legacy” with Vaughan Askue

The talks, organized and hosted by Charles Lautier of Stratford, are free and open to the public on Zoom on Sunday, March 21, 2021 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming at the Stratford Library

One of the more interesting early aviation pioneers was Igor Sikorsky. His life encompassed not only the earliest days of flying but the development of modern aviation including that of the helicopter. Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky, His Life, Careers and Legacy follows the life of Igor Sikorsky from his birth in 1889 to his death in 1972 including the Russian years, the Russian revolution, the record setting 1920s, development of the ocean-spanning flying boats and the development of the helicopter. And much of that happened right here in Stratford.

Guest speaker Vaughan Askue worked for Sikorsky Aircraft for over 42 years in Flight Test, Advanced Design and as an imbedded engineer in Sales and Marketing. He was fortunate enough to be involved in several notable programs including the Black Hawk helicopter, the Skycrane and the commercial S-76.

Vaughan has a private pilot license with powered and glider privileges. He is a member of the Igor Sikorsky Historical Archives, the Connecticut Air and Space Center, the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He is also the author of two aviation-oriented books: Flight Testing Experimental Aircraft and F-121.

This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email. Registration is currently underway at: For further information call the Stratford Library at: 203-385-4162.


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