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The first ever hoist lift rescue occurred on November 29, 1945 when Sikorsky R-5 (S-48) lifted two crew members off a barge that during heavy weather ran aground at Penfield Reef, off Fairfield, Connecticut

Posted 11/29/2019

"...near Fairfield, Connecticut, on a bleak and wind-tortured reef in Long Island Sound, something wonderful happened.

Two men stranded on an oil barge and in peril of being washed overboard were lifted to safety by a hoist on a Sikorsky helicopter. On that day, Thursday, November 29, 1945, the helicopter entered a new and promising age." (Sikorsky Archive)

 

Did you know Igor Sikorsky assembled his first helicopters in his native Kiev? Did you know he wrote a letter where he said that his whole family was purely Ukrainian by descent? The book "Ukraine & the United States" has the details.