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Multi-motored Airplanes, 1933

Introduction: Igor Sikorsky

In Igor Sikorsky's lifetime, he either witnessed or took part in the development of aviation from the Wright brothers to the exploration of space and the moon landing.

Who was Sikorsky, and what were some of the advances he made in the field of aviation? What physics principles are required to make a vertical take-off and landing craft—a helicopter—work?

These pages hold the answers to these questions and tell the fascinating story of an aviation pioneer.

"People...are now beginning to ask themselves whether they should not buy planes of their own to meet their individual needs." This is from a marketing and promotional booklet for the S-38 Amphibion. Browse the booklet and another promotional brochure by clicking the links at right.