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Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky (Russian: И́горь Ива́нович Сико́рский {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}; IPA: [ˈiɡərʲ ɪˈvanəvitɕ sʲɪˈkorskʲɪj], tr. Ígor' Ivánovič Sikórskij; May 25, 1889 – October 26, 1972),<ref name="nam">Fortier, Rénald. "Igor Sikorsky: One Man, Three Careers." aviation.technomuses.ca,1996. Retrieved: October 29, 2008.</ref>Unknown extension tag "ref" was a Russian American aviation pioneer in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He designed and flew the world's first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft, the Russky Vityaz in 1913, and the first airliner, Ilya Muromets, in 1914.

After immigrating to the United States in 1919, Sikorsky founded the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in 1923,<ref name="Sik_history">"About Sikorsky." Sikorsky Aircraft. Retrieved: December 11, 2008.</ref> and developed the first of Pan American Airways' ocean-conquering flying boats in the 1930s.

In 1939 Sikorsky designed and flew the Vought-Sikorsky VS-300,<ref>Spenser 1998, p. 25.</ref> the first viable American helicopter, which pioneered the rotor configuration used by most helicopters today.<ref name="Woods 1979, p. 262">Woods 1979, p. 262.</ref> Sikorsky modified the design into the Sikorsky R-4, which became the world's first mass-produced helicopter in 1942.


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