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The aviation careers of Igor Sikorsky
Cochrane, Dorothy.
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Seattle : Published for the National Air and Space Museum by the University of Washington Press, [1989]

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207 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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Includes index.
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TL506.U6 W3732 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Library Journal Review

For 50 years, Sikorsky was one of the world's leaders in aviation design and technology. In Russia, he designed biplanes and monoplanes as well as the world's first four-engine airplane, which he flew in 1913. After fleeing the Bolsheviks, he started a company in the United States which successfully manufactured flying boats during the 1930s. In 1939, he engineered and flew the VS-300 helicopter. Sikorsky led the development of vertical flight and actively promoted its commercial and military utilization. He retired after producing the Sikorsky Sky Crane in 1962. This book is well-balanced between biographical information and discussion of aircraft performance and development. The historical photographs and design drawings are excellent. For historians and aviation buffs alike.-- William A. McIntyre, L.R.C., New Hampshire Technical Coll., Nashua (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Igor Sikorsky (1889-1972) was unquestionably one of the principal aeronautical figures of the 20th century. It was entirely fitting that the National Air and Space Museum should organize a special exhibit to commemorate the occasion of Sikorsky's birth a century ago; this book was produced to complement the exhibit. Born in Kiev, Russia, Sikorsky was the son of an internationally known professor of psychiatry. Trained as an engineer, he was soon fascinated by aeronautics. By WW I, he had designed and built several airplanes; during the war, his firm produced the world's first four-engine type, which evolved into several operational bombers and transports. During the Russian Revolution, Sikorsky settled in America. Although he is primarily remembered today for developing the modern helicopter, Sikorsky's first major success involved a series of large multiengined flying boats built for Pan American Airways in the 1930s. Sikorsky had worked with helicopters since his youth in Russia, and his VS-300, flown in 1939, launched the modern era of helicopter design. The straightforward text in this book adequately covers the principal stages in Sikorsky's career, and there are useful notes. The best features, however, are reflected in the photographs and drawings. The photos are particularly well chosen, serving the book's principal value as an exhibit catalog. Community college and up. R. E. Bilstein University of Houston--Clear Lake