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Igor Sikorsky
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Studio portrait, c. 1950
Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky

(1889-05-25)May 25, 1889
DiedOctober 26, 1972(1972-10-26) (aged 83)
Alma materKyiv Polytechnic Institute
ETACA (now ESTACA [fr])
OccupationAircraft designer
Known forFirst successful mass-produced helicopter, the Sikorsky R-4
Spouse(s)Olga Fyodorovna Simkovitch
Elisabeth Semion
AwardsOrder of St. Vladimir
Howard N. Potts Medal (1933)
Daniel Guggenheim Medal (1951)
ASME Medal (1963)
Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy (1966)
National Medal of Science (1967)
John Fritz Medal (1968)

Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky (Russian: И́горь Ива́нович Сико́рский, IPA: [ˈiɡərʲ ɪˈvanəvitʃ sʲɪˈkorskʲɪj] ( listen), tr. Ígor' Ivánovič Sikórskij; May 25, 1889 – October 26, 1972)[4] was a Russian–American[1][2][3] aviation pioneer in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He built and improved upon the first helicopter that could be used.

His helicopter was first shown to be useful when he added a winch on it. Soon after this, it saved the lives of two sailors during a hurricane.

He also started Sikorsky Aircraft, a huge helicopter manufacturing company which produces famous helicopters such as the Sea King and Skycrane.

Since his death, his office at Sikorsky Aircraft has been left exactly as it was when he died.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Britannica Concise Encyclopedia". Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. 2006, p. 1751.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Sergei Sikorsky: Reflecting on the 90th Anniversary of Sikorsky Aircraft" Quote: Some 90 years ago, on March 5, 1923, a Russian refugee named Igor Sikorsky organized a new company"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jacobson, Lee (April 2013). "Igor Sikorsky Was a Reflection of His Heritage and Experiences in Life". Sikorsky Archives News. Igor I. Sikorsky Historical Archives. Retrieved 25 May 2020. "My family is of Russian origin. My grandfather and other ancestors from the time of Peter the Great were Russian Orthodox priests. Consequently, the Russian nationality of the family must be considered as well established" 
  4. Fortier, Rénald. "Igor Sikorsky: One Man, Three Careers." Archived October 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine,1996. Retrieved: October 29, 2008.