“As fate would have it, there was a fire, and the plane that started all this was destroyed. But because they had formed a small group dedicated to looking into Connecticut’s history, aviation history, they pursued it. And I stayed with the group, I was their first lawyer, we incorporated. It was then Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association.”
- Igor Sikorsky Jr., CAHA Founding Member
In November 1959 the first unofficial meeting of what would become the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association occurred at Willie’s Steak House in Manchester, CT. The group of people assembled had recently seen an extremely old airplane, the Bancroft, that was discovered on a local farmer’s property. The group met not only to discuss purchasing the plane, but also to pursue forming an organization to promote and preserve aviation in history in Connecticut. The seeds had been sown for the first official meeting of the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association in January 1960.
The first executive committee consisted of Robert Beh, Frank Greene, Harvey Lippincott, and Vernon Muse. Despite heavy snow, the first meeting had close to fifty people in attendance and included guest speakers. The organization continued to grow, and with the help of attorney and member of the Board of Directors Igor Sikorsky Jr., the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association officially incorporated in August 1960.
CAHA founding member Igor Sikorsky, Jr. talks about the incorporation of the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association.