An Igor Sikorsky Legacy: The Winged-S Rescue Award

Igor Sikorsky felt that his greatest satisfaction came from the use of the helicopter to save lives. During his 60-year career in aviation, he accomplished many "Aviation Firsts," but nothing he accomplished in those 60 years equaled his pride in the use of the helicopter for air rescue operations. We we’re thrilled this year at Heli-Expo to honor the men  and women that without thought, put themselves in harm’s way to save others.

Those receiving the award are given a certificate, patch and Winged-S rescue pin. The Sikorsky rescue pin is as valued today as it was when they were first issued.


Sikorsky Rescue stats:

  • More than 2 million people have been rescued using Sikorsky helicopters since performing the world's first helicopter rescue in 1944.
  • 1,005 Winged-S Rescue Awards received in 2015
  • 3,800 people were rescued using Sikorsky helicopters in 2015
    • Based on rescue award submission info
  • 1st Civilian rescue was performed on November 29, 1945 with a Sikorsky R-5


County of Los Angeles Fire Department Receives Sikorsky Rescue Award for Life-Saving Mission

County of Los Angeles Fire Department Receives Sikorsky Rescue Award for Life-Saving Mission


Sikorsky Recognizes Bristow for Outstanding S-92® Helicopter Rescue Accomplishments

Sikorsky Recognizes Bristow for Outstanding S-92® Helicopter Rescue Accomplishments

Beginning in 1950, the Winged-S Rescue Award Program is meant to honor all those who perform rescues flying a Sikorsky helicopter. Through this award, we gratefully acknowledge the humanitarian efforts of all pilots and crewmembers that put themselves in harm's way to save others, fulfilling Igor Sikorsky's vision of the helicopter.

In the words of Igor Sikorsky, “It would be right to say that the helicopter’s role in saving lives represents one of the most glorious pages in the history of human flight.”