The History of AHS

The Establishment
of AHS

Charles L. Morris
President of AHS

After organizational meetings at Sikorsky Aircraft were initiated in January 1943, the Society was founded on February 25, 1943, and was officially recognized by the State of Connecticut as "The American Helicopter Society, Incorporated" on June 25, 1943. In our 75 years of working to advance the state-of-the-art of vertical flight technology, we have created an incredible legacy of publications and impact to vertical flight.

Read this early retrospective published in 1956 in the first issue of The Journal of the American Helicopter Society to see how it all began! For a more comprehenisive review, check out “Advancing Vertical Flight: A Historical Perspective on AHS International and its Times,” presented at Forum 72 in May 2016 by M.E. Rhett Flater (AHS Executive Director, 1991-2011) and L. Kim Smith (AHS Deputy Director, 1993-2011). Download it and read about the incredible legacy of AHS International!

First Annual Dinner
October 7, 1944 in New York City

James A.J. Bennett
Vice-President of AHS
Prof. Igor A. Sikorsky
AHS Technical Committee Chairman

First Honorary Fellowships

COL H. Franklin Gregory

Army Air Corps

Igor I. Sikorsky

Sikorsky

Other Founding Pioneers

Ralph P. Alex

Sikorsky

Founding President of AHS
Arthur M. Young

Bell

CAPT William J. Kossler

USCG

W. Laurence LePage

Platt-LePage

Frank A. Tichenor

Aero Digest

Wg Cdr Reggie Brie

RAF

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