Pioneer Igor Sikorsky Passes Away

On October 26, 1972, Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky, the Ukrainian American aviation pioneer, died in Connecticut. Sikorsky designed the world’s first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft, the Russky Vityaz, in 1913, and the world’s first airliner, the Ilya Muromets, in 1914.

After emigrating to the United States in 1919, Sikorsky founded the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in 1923, and developed the first of Pan American Airways’ ocean-conquering flying boats in the 1930s. Sikorsky would later go on to pioneer the rotor configuration used by most helicopter designs today.