The Establishment 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. 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!
In our 70 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.
The First Annual Dinner
The First Annual Dinner of the American Helicopter Society was held on October 7, 1944 in New York City (six months before the first Annual Forum was held in Philadelphia on April 3, 1945). Check out a group photo or review the program below (click on each image for a high resolution close-up). You may recognize some of the pioneers!
Charles L. (Les) Morris (Sikorsky), President of AHS
James A.J. Bennett (Cierva), Vice-President of AHS
Prof. Igor A. Sikorsky (Sikorsky), AHS Technical Committee Chairman
First Honorary Fellowships:
This program was also signed by other founding pioneers:
* misprinted as "W. Lawrence Le Page" in the program
More On History
Did you know the AHS Forum was held in Washington, D.C. for 31 of our first 36 years? Want to know where else we've been for the past 7 decades? Check out our complete listing of AHS Forums!