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Sikorsky, Igor I.

Sikorsky VS-300
Society: AIAAMain Category: Aerospace & AviationSub Category: ManufacturingEra: 1910-1919DateCreated: 1911Sikorsky Memorial AirportStratfordState: CTCountry: USAWebsite: Sikorsky, Igor I.

Igor I. Sikorsky, engineering manager of the Vought – Sikorsky Division of the former United Aircraft Corporation, used the Stratford, Conn., sites to design, build, and test his innovative helicopter designs. Sikorsky’s VS-300 model helicopter was the world’s first design which used the now industry-standard single main rotor with an auxiliary anti-torque tail rotor.

Image Caption: Sikorsky’s VS-300 model helicopter
First practical US helicopter, pioneering the single-main-rotor concept
Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalSub Category: Air and Space TransportationEra: 1930-1939DateCreated: 1939Henry Ford MuseumDearbornState: MIZip: 48214Country: USAWebsite:, Sikorsky, Igor I.

America's first practical helicopter, it pioneered the single main rotor concept that became the predominant helicopter configuration throughout the world. The principles that were developed and demonstrated by the VS-300 had direct application in the design of the early mass-production helicopter, marking the beginning of the world's rotorcraft industry.

The initial flight of the VS-300 was piloted by its designer, Igor I. Sikorsky (1889-1972), on September 14, 1939, in Stratford, Connecticut.

Image Credit: Courtesy ASMEImage Caption: Sikorsky VS-300 HelicopterEra_date_from: 1939
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