Igor Sikorsky Fact File: Lifespan: 1889 - 1972 *** Full Name: Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky *** Occupation: Russian American Aviation Pioneer *** Date of Birth: He was born on May 25th 1889 *** Place of Birth: He was born in Kiev, Russian Empire *** Family background: His father was Ivan Alexeevich Sikorsky and his mother was Mariya Stefanovna Temryuk-Cherkasova. His father’s family were of Russian and polish nobility and was the grandson of a Russian Orthodox priest and held strong monarchist and Russian beliefs *** Early life and childhood: He grew up in Kiev *** Education: He began his education at home being tutored by his mother who instilled in him a deep love of art, he follow up by attending the Saint Petersburg Imperial Naval Academy
Igor Sikorsky Fact 1: He was born during the 19th century, a time of great innovation, huge strides in science and industry.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 2: After a trip with his father to Germany and the conversation they had revolving around natural sciences that his interests were piqued.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 3: Having studied for three years at Saint Petersburg Imperial Naval Academy he decided he needed to move to Paris to study engineering.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 4: He returned from Paris and matriculated to the Mechanical College of the Kiev Polytechnic Institute.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 5: Again he accompanying his father to Germany and this time, as before, he made a life changing decision. He learned of the strides made by the Wright brothers and the dirigible made by Ferdinand von Zeppelin’s and decided his future lay in the world of aviation.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 6: With the financial assistance of his sister, Olga, he enrolled into the engineering school in Paris, Ecole des Techniques Aéronautique et de Construction Automobile.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 7: He would return to Russia to begin designing his first helicopter.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 8: In 1912 he would responsible for building the first four engine aircraft.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 9: His work would be interrupted by the outbreak of World War I and after that due to the devastation left its wake he decided his only option to continue his work was to immigrate to America.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 10: He arrived in New York on March 30th 1912 and took up a position of teaching and lecturing while searching for a position within the aviation industry.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 11: In 1923 he founded the Sikorsky Manufacturing Company in Roosevelt, New York and was given assistance by several former Russian military officers. His first major contributor would be Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 12: By 1928 he had applied and be granted a natural citizenship of the United States.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 13: His Company the Sikorsky Manufacturing Company transferred to Stratford in Connecticut in 1929 and would become part of the United Aircraft and Transport Corporation in July of that year.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 14: His main interest revolved around vertical flight and his first successful tethered flight was with the Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 in September of 1939. The first free flight of this craft was made in May of 1940.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 15: The success of that design led to his next project, the R-4 helicopter.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 16: The R-4 would become the world’s first single, three bladed main rotor and powered by a radial engine two seater helicopter, not only used by the United States Army Air Forces bur the Navy, Coast Guard and even the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 17: He became part of the faculty of the University of Rhode Island to put together an Aeronautical Engineering program until 1948 and he would also give lectures at the University of Bridgeport.
Igor Sikorsky Fact 18: He died in his home in Easton, Connecticut on October 26th of 1972 at the age of eighty three years. His body was laid to rest at the Saint John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cemetery.
Influence & Legacy: In 1987 he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame. He is ranked 12th out of 51 Heroes of Aviation in Flying magazine in 2013. His company the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in Stratford, Connecticut is still a world leading helicopter manufacturer.
Important Events of the 18th and 19th century and during the life of Igor Sikorsky include: The first commercial radio broadcast aired, League of Nations Established, Prohibition begins in the United States and Women granted the right to vote in the US.
List of Aircraft Designs by Igor Sikorsky:
*** S-6 – Three-passenger plane – 1912 *** S-21 Russky Vityaz Four-engine biplane – 1913 *** S-22 Ilya Muromets Four-engine biplane – 1913 *** S-29 Twin-engine Biplane – 1924 *** S-42 Clipper – Flying Boat – 1934 *** VS-300 Experimental Prototype Helicopter – 1939 *** VS-44 Excambian flying boat – 1942 *** R-4 World's first production helicopter – 1942 ***