Igor Sikorsky Quotes and Sayings – Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky was born in 1889 in Kiev, then territory of the Russian Empire and studied in the cadet corps of the Russian Navy in Petrograd, formerly St. Petersburg. But how did it end up in the US? Igor mounted his factory of airplanes and helicopters in Russia with enough success, in fact, his airplanes were used intensively with great success in the First World War on the part of the Russian side, nevertheless, the Russian Revolution of 1917 forced to him to escape. He took refuge in France, a central pole of aeronautical development at the time, where they did not know how to offer him anything relevant, so in 1919 he decided to emigrate to the US where he did not know anyone with only 600 dollars under his arm.
The rest of the story corresponds to the American ideal of an immigrant who works for a future. In order to survive, he taught mathematics to other immigrants and finally, after meeting with other exiled Russian Tsarists, decided in 1923 to found his own aviation company.
|VS-300, the Pope of all helicopters. Photo US Government|
Respected by the Russian community in exile, Sikorsky built the VS-300 in 1939, the first helicopter that entered production on a large scale and conceptual basis of all others that have been manufactured to date, including the Thousand. Today the company of this Russian immigrant is responsible for manufacturing some of the most renowned western helicopters such as the Sea King, the Black Hawk or the aforementioned Super Stallion. Not to mention the “Marine One ” helicopters that transport the president of his adopted country.
|The President’s Sea King. Photo US Marines|
Sikorsky is not only considered the inventor of the helicopter as we know it today, but he is also remembered as a pioneer in the field of aviation after building the first four-engine in history and a pioneer in the world of amphibious aircraft. With everything said, we are in a position to affirm that if there is an equivalent to a thousand in the West that is Sikorsky …, to see if it is going to be that only the Russians are capable of designing helicopters beasts like the Super Stallion or theThousand -12.
|Tu-160 Photo Igor113|
By the way, in November 2012, the Russians baptized one of their Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers as Igor Sikorsky, since theirs was the design of what is considered the first strategic bomber of Russian aviation, the four-engine Sikorsky Illya Muromets that raised the flight to the service of the Russian Empire in 1913 and that participated in the First World War with great success revolutionizing the strategies of the air war.
|Illya Muromets of Sikorsky. Wikipedia Photo|
What about a Tupolev 160 was baptized with the name of an aviation pioneer whose achievements above all favored the opposing side as it did not sit very well among the troops as according to some officials.
“If you are in trouble anywhere in the world, an airplane can fly over and drop flowers, but a helicopter can land and save your life.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“Engineering is a living branch of human activity and its frontiers are by no means exhausted.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“Money lost-nothing lost, Health lost-little lost, Spirit lost-everything lost.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“Our concerns sink into insignificance when compared with the eternal value of human personality – a potential child of God which is destined to triumph over lie, pain, and death.” By – Igor Sikorsky
# 5 Igor Sikorsky Quotes – “Truth in politics is optional — Truth in engineering is mandatory.” By – Igor Sikorsky
” [About early aircraft:] We were ignorant, and we were ignorant of the fact that we were ignorant! This was ignorance squared, and it often led to disaster.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“According to recognized aero technical tests, the bumblebee cannot fly because of the shape and weight of his body in relation to the total wing area. The bumblebee doesn’t know this, so he goes ahead and flies anyway.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“The helicopter is probably the most versatile instrument ever invented by man. It approaches closer than any other to fulfillment of mankind’s ancient dreams of the flying horse and the magic carpet.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind forward.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“This machine was a failure to the extent that it could not fly. In other respects, it was a very important and necessary stepping stone.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“At that time  the chief engineer was almost always the chief test pilot as well. That had the fortunate result of eliminating poor engineering early in aviation.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“It is like a dream to feel the machine lift you gently up in the air, float smoothly over one spot.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“Supersonic airplanes have carried men at more than 2,000 miles per hour and there are reasons to believe that this speed will be doubled by 1960 or so.” By – Igor Sikorsky
# 15 Igor Sikorsky Quotes – “The helicopter appeared so reluctant to fly forward that we even considered turning the pilot’s seat around and letting it fly backward.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“It would be right to say that the helicopter’s role in saving lives represents one of the most glorious pages in the history of human flight.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“If a man is in need of rescue, an airplane can come in and throw flowers on him, and that’s just about all. But a direct lift aircraft could come in and save his life.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“It would be right to state that, with the successful flight of the XR-4 in the summer of 1942, the helicopter became a reality in the United States.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“In those early days, the Chief Engineer was almost always the Chief Pilot as well. This had the automatic result of eliminating poor engineering very early in aviation.” By – Igor Sikorsky
# 20 Igor Sikorsky Quotes – “The helicopter approaches closer than any other [transport] to fulfillment of mankind’s ancient dream of the flying horse and the magic carpet.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“The work of a pioneer in science of technique often consists of finding a correct solution, or creating a working mechanism, based on laws that are not yet discovered.” By – Igor Sikorsky
“When I started my work in 1909 there was about one fatality for every 2000 miles of flight and probably a few crashes for every 100 miles. Much of the design and flight knowledge that is now taken for granted was then unknown and … had to be learned through failures and tragedies. ” By – Igor Sikorsky