The White House picked Sikorsky Aircraft, the Stratford-based helicopter maker, to highlight Connecticut at its “Made in America” showcase in Washington on Monday.
Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, has been manufacturing helicopters for U.S. presidents since the Eisenhower administration. Three years ago the company won a $1.24 billion contract with the Navy to build six next-generation helicopters to upgrade the Marine One fleet.
President Donald Trump owns three custom Sikorsky helicopters — with his name emblazoned on the side — that he’s used for his business and during his presidential campaign, including a high-profile visit to the Iowa State Fair, where he gave children free helicopter rides.
Two Sikorsky executives made the trip to the White House, where the company displayed models of its CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter being developed for use by the Marines; the MH-60R “Romeo” and MH-60S “Sierra” Seahawk helicopters, used by the Navy; and the commercial S-92 helicopter, the platform for the new VH-92A presidential helicopter.