From our earliest designs in 1943 to an internationally trusted helicopter manufacturer, Enstrom’s legacy continues to flourish.
In 1943, Rudy Enstrom, an iron mine mechanic, began his journey in aviation – and in 1957 successfully tested his homebuilt helicopter in a quarry in the Upper Peninsula town of Crystal Falls, Michigan.
Officially founded in 1959, Enstrom Helicopter has since grown to international acclaim as a globally trusted helicopter, with a legacy spanning over six decades.
Founder Rudy Enstrom, then President Jack Christensen, and Salesman Fred Hill test a two-bladed experimental helicopter; the F-27.
The Enstrom reputation reaches international acclaim at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.
The FAA certifies the Enstrom 280C and is recognized as one of the “25 Best Designs” of the year by Fortune Magazine.
Enstrom introduces the F28F Falcon as the workhorse of the Enstrom fleet. This helicopter serves police forces, agricultural sprayers, training organizations, utility workers, private fliers and wildlife conservationists around the world. FAA Certified in 1980, the F28F has a long history as a safe, hard working, quality product.
The 480 series of Enstrom turbine helicopters were introduced upon FAA certification in November 1993. It quickly established itself as the best value-for-the-money aircraft in the light turbine class.
Fueled by American ingenuity, we continue to grow, innovate, and evolve – increasing our workforce, making more readily-available parts, innovating our fleet, and increasing production of all new helicopters.
Our longevity and resurgence as a leading, American-made helicopter manufacturer is proof of our dedication to the aviation community, our customers, and every team member at Enstrom.