National Geographic : 1945 Sep
SIKORSKY HELICOPTERS Sikorsky helicopters have gone to war. Their unique ability to operate from confined areas adds new versatility to air support of combat units. Routine courier service in the Philip pines, speedy liaison between floating repair bases and B-2 9 flight strips on Saipan, dramatic rescues from inaccessible Labrador wastes and Burmese jungles these are some of the daily jobs being done now by Sikorsky helicopters in the hands of Army and Coast Guard pilots. More than 250 Sikorsky helicopters have already come off the production lines at Sikorsky Aircraft and Nash Kelvinator. Although further advanced than any others in the world, they are nevertheless only in the proving stage of the long development cycle through which every new aircraft must pass to prove its worth. Every aircraft which has contributed to American air power has passed through that development cycle-years of design and development by the private aircraft industry; then production; and then more years of testing and proving by the armed services. This process must be continued as national policy, sup ported by an alert public opinion, if American skies are to remain secure. UNITED AIRCRAFT CORPORATION EAST HARTFORD, CONN.