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REMINISCING ABOUT ROTORCRAFT PIONEERS WITH SERGEI SIKORSKY BY BRAD MCNALLY As we wrap up the Rotorcraft


Pioneers Series I was lucky enough to have a chance to talk with one of the few people who have been involved with hel- icopters in North America from the beginning, Mr. Sergei Sikorsky. He’s crossed paths with more than few of the people profiled in the Pioneers Series and I had the chance to ask him about helicopters, his father’s legacy and his encounters with some of the people I


ROTORCRAFTPROFESSIONAL 34 profiled. The oldest son of Dr. Igor Sikorsky,


Sergei Sikorsky started working in his father’s shop on the first North American helicopter the VS-300 in the early 1940s. During World War II, he served in the US Coast Guard as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate. Later Sergei Sikorsky joined United Aircraft (now United Technologies) where he was heav- ily involved in a series of helicopter proj-


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