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Stratford Library Talk Examines The Legacy Of Igor Sikorsky

The Stratford Library will host a talk on the legacy of Igor Sikorsky on Sunday, April 10.
The Stratford Library will host a talk on the legacy of Igor Sikorsky on Sunday, April 10. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STRATFORD, Conn. -- The Stratford Library continues its Sunday Afternoon Talks on Sunday, April 10 with speakers Dan Libertino and John Bulakowski discussing the life of Igor Sikorsky.

The popular program invites notable locals to speak in an informal atmosphere on a wide range of topics. The April topic is: “The Legacy of Igor Sikorsky” and the guest speakers represent the Igor I. Sikorsky Historical Archives.

“The Legacy of Igor Sikorsky” will cover the three aviation careers of Igor Sikorsky and the Sikorsky Company, starting with the Russian Years from 1889 to 1918, the early American years from 1919 to 1938, and the helicopter period from 1939 to his death in 1972.

Libertino currently has a 64-year association with Sikorsky helicopters and is the president of the Sikorsky Historical Archives since 2004. He started his career with the U.S.A.F. in 1951 as a helicopter mechanic on the Sikorsky H-5 and H-19 helicopters. Upon discharge in 1954, he spent a few years with Petroleum Helicopters during the early phase of offshore helicopter transportation with the S-55, joining Sikorsky in 1956 and retiring in 1997.

Bulakowski began his career Sikorsky Aircraft in 1970 and retired in 2002. He is currently the Vice President of the Archives. Upon Sikorsky’s production win of the U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in 1976, he joined and held a series of increasingly responsible positions within the program office. In 2004 he returned to Sikorsky as a contract employee assisting with high level proposal processing including the CH-53K.

Sunday Afternoon Talks are held in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room beginning at 2 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public. For further information call the library’s Public Relations and Programming Office at 203-385-4162 or visit their website.

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