"Today, on the Day of Ukrainian Aviation, we take another step to perpetuate the memory of a prominent Kyiv resident. We unveil a monument to the world-renowned aircraft designer Igor Sikorsky,” Klitschko said, kiev.klichko.org reports.
Увічнений у бронзі Ігор Сікорський тепер зустрічає киян і гостей в аеропорту, що носить його ім‘я. pic.twitter.com/7lqVCLphRz— Віталій Кличко (@Vitaliy_Klychko) August 31, 2019
The mayor of Kyiv thanked the patrons who supported the erection of the monument.
The author of the monument is young sculptor Volodymyr Zhuravel.
Kyiv-born Igor Sikorsky was an aviation pioneer in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.
After immigrating to the United States in 1919, Sikorsky founded the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in 1923 and developed the first of Pan American Airways' ocean-conquering flying boats in the 1930s. In 1939, Sikorsky designed and flew the Vought-Sikorsky VS-300, the first viable American helicopter, which pioneered the rotor configuration used by most helicopters today. Sikorsky modified the design into the Sikorsky R-4, which became the world's first mass-produced helicopter in 1942.
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