Nicolas Florine

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Nicolas Florine was born in Batumi, Georgia, Russia back in 1891 to Anatole and Aimee. He studied mathematics at the university. He served in the military but I can’t find out when and where however he was discharged in 1914. He fled to Helsinki before settling in Belgium 1920 due to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

He worked for the Aeronautical Administration at the Hotel des Monnaies in Saint-Gilles. In 1926, he was placed in charge of the Aerodynamics Center where he was involved in Belgium’s first wind tunnel. From the work, he performed on the wind tunnel, he applied for and received several patents (more on that in a moment).

He continued working for the Aeronautical Administration until his retirement in 1956. He died in Brussels in 1972, he was 81.

What you may not know about Nicolas is that the patents he received was for the first built tandem rotor helicopter to fly freely in 1933. Of course, a lot of improvements have been made but the concept remains all related to Nicolas.

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Whirley birds....had to begin somewhere !

Jan 09, 2020 03:19 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That was a wonderful invention for the early days.

Jan 09, 2020 04:00 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. It takes creativity and determination to be the first. Enjoy your day!

Jan 09, 2020 04:20 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - original ideas are important.  Talk about some terrific building blocks.  

Jan 09, 2020 04:38 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... not quite sure what a tandem rotor helicopter is, but it sounds important... and since I use to "commute" to/from San Francisco International Airport via helicopter from Sausalito when I lived there, I do believe I should be grateful for Nicolas Florine's patents.

Jan 09, 2020 05:17 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Now I know whom to thank for part of my hearing loss, too many rides in a Huey!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 09, 2020 05:21 AM #7
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The helicopter has definitely become a life-saving tool to have in the medical field and my brother was aided by one of them when he had a bad accident.

Jan 09, 2020 06:37 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a great read today. What an amazing and creative guy.

Jan 09, 2020 06:40 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - It is always fascinating to learn a little about these people who have made significant improvements in things that may affect us. 

Jan 09, 2020 10:04 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - this invention really was useful in military but didn't help much at the time he invented it.

Jan 09, 2020 10:16 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


On a flight a year ago, I met a lovely woman who tested helicopters for one of the large companies.  She had learned her craft in the military, no doubt she knew of Nicolas Florine.  A

Jan 09, 2020 11:10 AM #12
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

And here I thought Leonardo da Vinci invented the helicopter James Dray 

Jan 09, 2020 11:52 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- where would we be without the helicopter.  Foremost would be medical transportation and evacuation. 

Jan 09, 2020 12:43 PM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

The CH-47 Chinook helicopter has been a workhorse for the military since the Vietnam war. Without his concept of tandon rotors, it would've been much more difficult to transport troops & equipment.

Jan 09, 2020 03:27 PM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James, Thanks for sharing the background of the inventor of the helicopter - Nicolas Florine - he had quite a vision.

Jan 09, 2020 06:18 PM #16
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Good for him but I am still scared of being in those things.

Jan 09, 2020 06:34 PM #17
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi James Dray, another interesting life story of  a gentleman who contributed to humanity.  Have a great day, my friend.

Jan 10, 2020 06:43 AM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

That was certainly a useful invention for the military at the time. I always enjoy these stories!


Jan 10, 2020 10:34 AM #19
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

He certainly made a huge conntribution to aeronautical history!  Thanks for the informaiton

Jan 12, 2020 06:01 AM #20
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

When I read that Mr. Florine had studied mathematics, I know an invention and pattens were coming. He was a smart guy.

Jan 13, 2020 10:09 AM #21
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