Ukrainian Engineers: Igor Sikorsky

5 mins.

August 3, 2021

What would American presidents have flown on if it were not for our Ukrainian aircraft designer Igor Sikorsky?
And we continue to tell the story of Ukrainian engineers who changed the world.
His planes were the first in history to cross the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
He was the first to design an amphibious helicopter with retractable landing gear and “flying cranes”.
All US presidents, starting with Dwight Eisenhower, have been flying on Sikorsky-designed helicopters.
Igor Sikorsky was born in April 1889 in Kyiv, but emigrated to the USA in 1919
In America Sikorsky created 17 basic types of aircraft and 18 helicopters.
His famous four-engine plane, the “Ilya Muromets”, became a world record-holder in payload capacity and was voted the best aircraft of World War I.
Another confirmation that Ukrainians are so talented and clever


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