Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies
Corporation, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of
1909: Igor Sikorsky experiments with rotory-wing
1913: Working for the Russian Baltic
Railroad Car Factory, Sikorsky flies the world's first
four-engine aircraft, the S-21 "Russkii Vitiaz".
1918-1919: Sikorsky is forced to leave
Russia and arrives in New York.
1923: Igor Sikorsky starts the Sikorsky
Aero Engineering Corp. The name was changed to the Sikorsky
Manufacturing Corp. in 1925.
1928: Sikorsky Aviation Corp. joins Boeing,
Pratt & Whitney, Chance
Vought and Hamilton Standard to form United Aircraft and
1920s - 1930s: Sikorsky focuses on
amphibians and flying boats. These aircraft become famous
through their use by Pan American Airways.
1934: The Air Mail Act orders airline companies to divorce
themselves from aircraft manufacturers. United Aircraft and Transport Corp. splits into three independent companies--United
Airlines, United Aircraft Corp. and Boeing Airplane Co.
1939: Sikorsky merges with Vought to form
Division of United Aircraft. Sikorsky's
first helicopter (the VS-300) flys.
1943: Sikorsky again becomes a separate
division of United Aircraft.