Igor I. Sikorsky

United States of America


Igor I. Sikorsky was one of the most important figures in the design and development of rotary winged vehicles into practical and useful aircraft. He founded what would later become the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.

He was born in Kiev, Imperial Russia (now Ukraine) on May 25, 1889 and became a naturalized American citizen in 1928. He died on October 26, 1972 at age 83.

A detailed history of his life and work can be found on the Sikorsky Archives website.


Milestones associated with Igor I. Sikorsky
March 5, 1923 Igor Sikorsky establishes the Sikorsky Aero Engineering Corporation
September 14, 1939 First flight of a Sikorsky helicopter (Sikorsky VS-300 - 1st configuration)
March 6, 1940 First flight of the Sikorsky VS-300 (2nd configuration)
April 17, 1941 First amphibious landing by a helicopter (Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 2nd configuration))
December 8, 1941 First flight of the Sikorsky VS-300A (4th and final configuration)
August 18, 1943 First flight of the prototype (XR-5) of the Sikorsky S-48/R-5 Type series
October 7, 1944 First Honorary Fellowships of the American Helicopter Society (AHS) awarded
October 7, 1944 First Annual Dinner of the AHS
May 4, 1961 First AHS Igor I. Sikorsky International Trophy presented
October 26, 1972 Igor Sikorsky dies