A Radio Talk by Charles F. Kettering
In these talks, we have often
stressed the value of patience in developing new things because, as a
rule, it takes a long time for an idea to grow up. Today, we have an
outstanding example of this from the career of a young Russian who
over 40 years ago started experiments in aviation which are just now
coming into use.
Fifty-five years ago, Igor Sikorsky was born in Kiev, in Southern Russia. Igor grew up in a scientific atmosphere - his father was a professor of psychology and his mother was educated in medicine. His mother greatly admired Leonardo da Vinci and often told her son of the many accomplishments of the great artist, but da Vinci's flying machine designs made an indelible impression on the boy's mind, even though they were made 400 years before.