The VS-300, the world's first functioning helicopter, was invented by Igor Sikorsky. The patent was granted to Sikorsky on March 19, 1935, following his initial application on June 27, 1931.Know More
It was constructed by the Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft Division of the United Aircraft Corporation, and successfully piloted by the inventor himself on May 13, 1940, following an initial tethered test of only a few seconds in September of the previous year.
Following its successful free flight, the VS-300 became the standard for helicopter manufacture around the world. Earlier versions of the helicopter, all unsuccessful, had included Thomas Edison's, which had a volatile gun cotton-powered engine, and Louis Charles Breguet's Gyroplane #1, which was likened to a bunch of windmills lashed together.Learn More
The first robot was created by the Greek mathematician Archytas of Tarentum. It was a flying wooden dove that traveled up to 200 meters through the air by flapping its wings.Full Answer >
The first car was steam-powered and was invented by French military engineer Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot in 1769. The car was named the Fardier a vapeur and could travel at 2.25 miles per hour while carrying four passengers for 15 minutes before needing to stop and regenerate its power.Full Answer >
The first documented invention of a muzzleloaded weapon was by French artist and inventor Marin le Bourgeois. He invented the flintlock weapon for King Louis XIII of France in 1610.Full Answer >
Antonio Torres Jurado built the first acoustic guitar that most people recognize today. He expanded on a design created by Jose Pages and Josef Benedid.Full Answer >