Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky was born on May 25 1889 in Kiev. He was known as aviation pioneer in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter. He received success with S-2, S-5, and S-6-A. He developed several aircrafts for military and civil use.
In 1919, he migrated to the United States and found a company, the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. He developed and built single rotor configuration for helicopter design. His company produced mass production for commercial use.
His father is Ivan Sikorsky, the professor in Kiev St. Vladimir University. He had four siblings, and his family was Orthodox Christian. His mother is Maria Stevanovna. She was physician, but focus on her family.
Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky received education at early age from his mother. He was home schooling alongside other siblings. His father and he went to Germany in 1900. He started to have interest in natural science and experimented small rubber.
His study continued at Saint Petersburg Maritime in 1903. He resigned then went to Paris in 1906. He enrolled to Kiev Polytechnic Institute to gain his degree. His father brought him again to German to see the exhibition about aircraft.
He returned to Paris and learned about aircraft design. He returned and started to develop his model for helicopter. He tested his design and built it in July 1909. His first design was failed. However, he gained better result in second mode that could fly for few feet.
He developed two-seat aircraft and succeeded to do flying. After that, he applied pilot license and earned in 1991. He continued to refine his design and finally created S-6. He won aircraft exhibition in 1912.
He desgned several aircrafts for bombing during World War 1. Unfortunately, his opportunity was no longer in good situation after Russian Civil War. He moved to the United States.
Moved to the United States
He started as schoolteacher before joined University of Rhode Island as lecturer. He started to form new company for producing aircraft. The company merged and consolidated while he was still in control for daily business.
After long development, he started to test the rotor configuration. New aircraft did not have long wing. His model was called helicopter. He earned patent for his design and technology.
His wife was Olga Simkovitch and they had daughter. Both remained in Russian and he divorced. In United States, he married to Elizabeth Semion in 1924. Both had sons: Sergei, Igor, Nikolai, and George.
Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky lived in Easton, Connecticut. On October 26, he died and buried in Russian Orthodox Cemetery. His sons continued his business and company
Legacy and Other Works
His greatest legacy was aircraft design while still in Russian and helicopter after live in USA. He started with design and model in order to created aircraft that could fly. His company name might not know today, but his technology is still available during production process.
He was devoted to Russian Orthodox Christian. He also published books; one of them is biography related to his works, journey, and experience. Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky was the top inventor in aircraft industry.