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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Sikorsky to Sponsor 40th Rotor & Wing Helicopter Heroism Award

Sharon Valencik

September 3, 2008 Rockville, MD - Rotor & Wing magazine announced today that Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. will sponsor the 40th Helicopter Heroism Award, as part of the Search and Rescue Summit 2008 to be held at the Sheraton in Reston, Va.., on Sept. 18. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX)

The Rotor & Wing Search and Rescue Summit 2008 is a full-day conference for Search and Rescue (SAR) professionals from the public service, military and private sectors to provide unique perspectives and lessons-learned from their SAR operations, and serves as the venue for the luncheon ceremony honoring this year’s award recipients. The Helicopter Heroism Award is the longest running and most respected such award in the rotorcraft industry. In this 40th anniversary year, the award ceremony will also honor the heroism exhibited throughout the various rotorcraft communities, Above and Beyond the Call awards presented in the public service and military operations categories.

Randy Jones, publisher of Rotor & Wing magazine, said, “Sikorsky Aircraft and the Sikorsky name have been synonymous with Search and Rescue since the earliest days of the helicopter. As Igor Sikorsky’s famous quote goes, ‘If you are in trouble anywhere in the world, an airplane can fly over and drop flowers, but a helicopter can land and save your life.’ Countless lives have been saved since, and countless heroes have been born as a result of the dedication of the men and women of Sikorsky Aircraft. We are honored to have Sikorsky join us as one of the premier sponsors of the Helicopter Heroism Award and the Search and Rescue Summit 2008.”

Sikorsky Aircraft’s Vice President John Pacelli said, “We are pleased to sponsor this award. Sikorsky Aircraft has the longest and most successful record of any helicopter company in history when it comes to combat search and rescue, starting in 1944 with the R-4 aircraft and continuing today with the HH-92 helicopter.” Pacelli continued, “The HH-92 helicopter, our entry in the ongoing U.S. Air Force CSAR-X competition, is the culmination of all we’ve learned about combat search and rescue technology since World War II, which comprises an immense amount of knowledge and experience.”

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. Its mission statement reflects the company’s long commitment to safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere... every time™." More information is available at the interactive www.sikorsky.com Web site. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

For more information, to register for the event, or to become a sponsor, please visit www.SearchandRescueSummit.com.

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