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 about Inventions
The train was first invented and patented in 1784, by James Watt. The first working model to be made and successfully run was created in 1804 by Richard Trevithick.Full Answer >
The first helicopter was made in 1907 by Paul Cornu. However, it was unsuccessful and could not achieve flight. In 1924, a French inventor by the name of Etienne Oehmichen built the first helicopter that could fly.Full Answer >
The helicopter as a practical flying machine was invented in 1931 with a patent application by Igor Sikorsky. The patent was accepted by the U.S. government in 1935, and Sikorsky's helicopter first flew in Connecticut on Sept. 14, 1939.Full Answer >
Attempts to create helicopters can be traced back to Leonardo da Vinci, but the first working prototype helicopter, the VS-300, was invented by Igor Sikorsky in 1939. The next model he designed was the R-4 in 1942, which was the world's first mass produced helicopter. Sikorsky pioneered the rotor configuration that is used on most modern helicopters.Full Answer >