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IGOR SIKORSKY THE FATHER OF THE HELICOPTER BY BRAD MCNALLY


One name more than any other is synonymous with helicopter develop- ment, Igor Sikorsky. Often regarded as the father of the helicopter, Sikorsky was actually an incredibly talented aeronauti- cal engineer who twice established himself as one of the world’s greatest designers of fixed wing aircraft before he built a suc- cessful helicopter. After designing, building and flying the first successful North American helicopter, Igor


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Sikorsky led the company which still bears his name through over forty years of hel- icopter innovation. Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky was born on May 25, 1889 in the Russian city of Kiev, the modern day Ukrainian capital. Sikorsky was the youngest of Dr. Ivan and Zinaida Sikorsky’s five children. Dr. Ivan Sikorsky was a psychiatrist and professor at the University of Kiev for over twenty- five years. Zinaida Sikorsky was a medical


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