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Mustache March

Handlebar, pencil, or toothbrush? A gallery of famous aviators' 'staches in honor of a fuzzy Air Force tradition.

Igor Sikorsky

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The “toothbrush” mustache is normally associated with Adolf Hitler, Charlie Chaplin, and Michael Jordan. We’re not sure why famed helicopter designer Igor Sikorsky opted for this style. A September 1984 Popular Mechanics article notes, “Igor Sikorsky’s thin, drooping moustache, gentle eyes and his famous fedora hat give him more the look of a pensive professor than a canny genius with a genuine love of people, who has more practical aeronautical engineering tucked away than any man alive.”

The Sikorsky Historical Archives goes one step further, describing the Russian genius thus: “His thin black mustache, drooping to the corners of his mouth, suggested a Tartar tribesman, but his soft dark eyes bespoke the mysticism of an Asiatic holy man.”

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