Stratford celebrates 70 years of industry

Press release:

The Connecticut Air & Space Center is proud to present an educational display of historical artifacts and photos to tell the history of 550 Main Street.  The buildings at 550 Main Street have been known by many names over the years. It saw Igor Sikorsky develop his seaplane business which help fund his history changing invention the helicopter. It saw World War Two on the horizon and the property expanded to build the US Navy’s best fighter, the F4U Corsair. It saw Lycoming, Avco, Textron, Allied Signal and finally the US Army create military engines by the truckload at the Stratford Army Engine Plant.  Now, shuttered for the since 1998, 550 Main Street waits for to be developed for a new generation.

Join the Connecticut Air and Space Center and the Town of Stratford as we present a historical display for young and old. The display features a running timeline of all the amazing aircraft and technology that was developed right in the Town of Stratford. You will also be able to see many unique artifacts that relate directly to the former factory.

“Our mission at its very core is to Honor the men and women who worked in Connecticut’s aviation industry, Preserve unique artifacts from the site and to Educate the public about their amazing feats. This display enables us to educate a whole new generation that never saw 550 Main Street as anything more than a vacant building.” says Connecticut Air and Space Center’s Executive Director, Andrew King.

The display will available for viewing during normal business hours at the Stratford Connecticut Town Hall at 2725 Main Street  Stratford, CT 06615 till the end of June.