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National Helicopter Museum

Stratford, CT

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Address: 2480 Main St, Stratford, CT 06615, USA How do we get there? Number: 203-375-5766
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We all know about helicopters (even if many of us haven't been in one!) but we know they are a key addition to the aviation industry, but do you really know the history of the helicopter? If not, that's exactly what the National Helicopter Museum is for!

This Connecticut museum contains hundreds of photographs and models that trace the history of the helicopter, both in the United States and around the world.

It was actually an airport and seaplane base built in Stratford in the 1920's that brought a man named Igor Sikorsky to the area to build his flying boats. In 1939 Sikorsky flew his US300 Helicopter in Stratford, leading to him producing many helicopters and rotary wing aircraft from that time.

So you could say that Stratford is the birthplace of the American helicopter industry, and what a fitting place for a museum!

Center state of the National Helicopter Museum is a full size cockpit that you can see up close, and it's pretty impressive!

There is also a fun computer Flight Simulator so you can actually feel what it's like to be in the pilot seat.

Another exhibit showcases the Bendix helicopter, also born out of Stratford, and other accomplishments within the helicopter aviation history!

When the museum is open, there are friendly volunteer docents on hand to ask questions to, and even offer you a tour of some of the displays.

So let's FLY into our next family day out in Stratford, because we're off to the National Helicopter Museum!

Activity location


The Museum is located at the Stratford, Connecticut Eastbound Railroad Station, at 2480 Main Street.

Traveling on Interstate I-95 from the south (New York), take Stratford Exit 32, continue 2 blocks to Main Street, then left onto Main Street for 3 blocks. The Museum is on the right at the train station.

Traveling on Interstate I-95 from the north (New Haven), take Stratford Exit 32, then left at the light for 2 blocks to Main Street. Then left onto Main Street for 3 blocks. The Museum is on the right at the train station.

If traveling via the Merritt Parkway, take Exit 53 and go south on Main Street for about 4 miles to the train station.

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National Helicopter Museum FAQ’s

Grab something in the area before or after your visit, there are plenty of places!

Check online for the events they host across the year!

They do have a Museum Store where you can pick up gifts and items relating to the exhibits!

Give them a call to check about group tours!

They are handicapped accessible

They offer free parking!

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