Who Invented the First Helicopter?


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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.

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Who Invented the First Helicopter?
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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.

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