Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Aircraft Wizard

Igor Sikorsky was born in Kiev on May 25, 1889. He immigrated to the United States in 1919. He had already designed and launched the first multi-engined fixed-wing aircraft and the world's first airliner.

In 1923 he founded the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. He designed the first "flying boat" for Pan American Airways.

He developed the present-day rotor configuration which is used by most helicopters and started production of helicopters in the 1940s.

Mr. Sikorsky was a devout Christian and wrote two books based on his views, The Message of the Lord's Prayer and The Invisible Encounter.

He died in 1972 at age 83.

Igor Sikorsky 1889 – 1972 RIP



Lin said...

Did you ever go to the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC? I'm thinking you would love that place--it was LOADED with guys. Not a place for me and Em, but I think you would definitely like it.

vanilla said...

Lin, I have been to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, but I haven't been to the Museum in Washington. You are right: I probably would enjoy that.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Well, that is interesting. I knew about Sikorsky's helicoptering, but not his faith.

vanilla said...

Shark, I had only recently learned of the man's devotion to his faith.