There have been many people that have been fascinated with Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft such as helicopters. Leonardo da Vinci designed among other things a model for a helicopter. It was not till 400 years later that Igor Sikorsky designed the first successful helicopter.
Igor Sikorsky was a Russian engineer who lived in the USA. His helicopter had a rotor powered by a small engine and a smaller tail rotor at the back of the aircraft. His designs are still used today.
In 1939 the helicopter went straight up into the air 9.5 metres, flew 60 metres in the air and came straight down. While there had been other attempts at a VTOL flight, his was the first successful flight.
Igor Sikorsky’s first successful flight in 1939.
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