When Was the Helicopter Invented?


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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.

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When Was the Helicopter Invented?
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The design for the helicopter has a much longer history. Its origin dates back as early as 400 B.C. China when bamboo rotors were spun on a stick and flown as toys. In 15th Century Europe, Leonardo da Vinci designed a vertical flight machine on paper, but it was not until the 20th Century that designs were made into actual flying machines, with Sikorsky's design acknowledged as the first actual helicopter.

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