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Igor Sikorsky
1889 - 1972

Russian-born inventor of the helicopter. Sikorsky founded Sikorsky Aviation in the United States in 1923. After years of experiementation and aviation design, including many fixed-winged aircraft innovations, he developed the first operational helicopters in 1939 and went on to achieve many of the most important "firsts" in helicopter aviation.

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