Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellows

The title of Honorary Fellow is granted to highly distinguished Society members who have made exceptional leadership, innovative or other meritorious contributions that have significantly advanced AHS International and the vertical flight community during their career. The granting of Honorary Fellows is in perpetuity, and a certificate and life membership in the Society is given to each Honorary Fellow elected. No more than two such awards are given in any single year.

2018
  • Ms. Susan A. Gorton
  • Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Project Manager
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

For more than 30 years of vertical flight research and outstanding leadership, including an unprecedented 12 years heading NASA’s vertical lift research.
 
 
Ms. Gorton has also led collaboration and partnerships with industry, academia, the US Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, other research organizations and AHS International.
  • Dr. William D. Lewis
  • Aviation Development Director
  • Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), US Army

For 40 years of advancing Army Aviation technology.
 
 
Through his career as an Army aviator and experimental test pilot, an instructor and educator, and chief engineer on the RAH-66 Comanche, to his leadership of the Army’s Aviation Engineering Directorate and Aviation Development Directorate, Dr. Lewis has been an advocate for advancing vertical flight technology.
 
2017
  • Mark Miller
  • Vice President of Research and Engineering
  • Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company

For spearheading Sikorsky’s “Three Pillars” vision for practical, next-generation vertical lift aircraft
 
For spearheading Sikorsky’s “Three Pillars” vision for practical, next-generation vertical lift aircraft: speed, vehicle autonomy and system intelligence. Miller has consistently devoted the resources and nurtured the talent to lead the industry in these fields and drive key technologies into production.
  • Prof. Dave Peters
  • McDonnell Douglas Professor of Engineering
  • Washington University in St. Louis

For outstanding contributions in advancing rotorcraft technology over five decades
 
For, over five decades, making outstanding contributions in advancing rotorcraft technology, specifically in aeromechanics. His breakthrough theories have transcended academia and greatly influenced practicing rotor designers throughout the world. In addition to being an outstanding researcher, and a mentor to many Ph.D. students, Peters has also given generously of his time to serve AHS, including as a member of the AHS International Board of Directors, and as a past AHS Technical Director and Editor-in-Chief of the AHS International Journal.
 
2016
  • Steven D. Weiner
  • Chief Engineer for the Sikorsky-Boeing Joint Multi-Role Rotorcraft (JMR) and Chief Engineer of Innovations
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

For 40+ years of innovation and leadership at Sikorsky Aircraft
 
is the Chief Engineer for the Sikorsky-Boeing Joint Multi-Role Rotorcraft (JMR) and Chief Engineer of Innovations at Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company. He has been an active AHS member since 1976 has provided significant leadership in the design, build and test of many of the highest performance helicopters ever flown. Among numerous other accomplishments, Weiner personally lead the technical activity that successfully demonstrated the 252 kt (467 km/hr), Collier Award-winning X2 Technology Demonstrator, and was instrumental on the development of technologies for the RAH-66 Comanche. He holds two masters degrees and eight patents related to Fantail anti-torque systems and X2 Technology.
  • Dr. Arvind Kumar Sinha
  • Director of Engineering, Helicopter Systems Division, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Department of Defence, Australia
  • Australian Department of Defence

For a career in helicopter operations, academia and government leadership.
 
Dr. Arvind Kumar Sinha
 
2015
  • Dr. Michael S. Torok
  • Vice President for the CH-53K Program
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
 
  • Tommie L. Wood
  • Senior Technical Fellow
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
 
 
2014
  • L. Kim Smith
  • Former AHS International Deputy Director
  • AHS International
 
  • Philip J. Dunford
  • VP/Operating Executive, Boeing Military Aircraft
  • The Boeing Company
 
 
2013
  • Robert Bossler
  • Drive System Consultant
  • Bossler Technical Service
 
  • Nicholas Lappos
  • Senior Technical Fellow
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
 
 
2012
  • Arthur Linden
  • Joint Program Office (JPO) Manager (Ret.)
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Ret.)
 
  • Prof. Akira Azuma
  • Professor Emeritus
  • University of Tokyo (Ret.)
 
 
2011
  • Albert Winn
  • Former Vice President Attack Helicopter Programs
  • Boeing Military Aircraft Division (Ret.)

For making notable and outstanding technical contributions to the vertical flight community.
 
  • David Matuska
  • CH-53K Chief of Test
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

For making notable and outstanding technical contributions to the vertical flight community.
 
  • M.E. 'Rhett' Flater
  • Former Executive Director
  • AHS International (Ret.)

For making notable and outstanding technical contributions to the vertical flight community.
 
 
2010
  • Larry F. Plaster
  • Manager, Apache Modernization Programs
  • The Boeing Company

His work within the civilian and defense rotorcraft industry has supported notable advances in the frontiers of vertical flight technology and its applications.
 
Larry Plaster has been an instrumental part of the leadership of AHS International for most of his more than thirty years of active membership.
 
2009
  • John M. Davis
  • Former Chief, Aviation Advanced Design Office
  • Aeroflightdynamics Directorate, US Army
 
  • Kenneth L. Lauck
  • Lead Rotorcraft Head Design
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
 
 
2008
  • Dr. Inderjit Chopra
  • Professor and Director of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center
  • University of Maryland
 
  • Roy G. Fox
  • Chief of Flight Safety
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
 
 
2007
  • Michael D. Blake
  • Executive Vice President, Programs
  • Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
 
  • Dr. E. Roberts Wood
  • Professor Emeritus
  • US Naval Postgraduate School
 
 
2006
  • Barry J. Baskett
  • Former Associate Director, Aviation Technology
  • US Army
 
  • Thomas E. Laux
  • Program Executive Officer, Anti-Sub Warfare, Assault and Special Mission Programs
  • US Navy
 
 
2005
  • Edwin W. Aiken
  • Chief
  • NASA Ames Research Center (Ret.)
 
 
  • Somen Chowdhury
  • Manager, International Research
  • Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, Ltd.
 
 
 
2004
  • Dr. Tomoari Nagashima
  • Professor Emeritus
  • National Defense Academy
 
  • Cecil Richardson
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation (Ret.)
 
 
2003
  • John R. Murphey
  • Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.

Long time member and greatly contributed to the stature of AHS.
 
 
  • Akira Sato
  • Churyo Engineering Co. Ltd.

Long time member who greatly contributed to the stature of AHS.
 
 
 
2002
  • Roger A. Krone
  • Vice President/General Manager, Army Programs
  • The Boeing Company/Aircraft & Missiles
 
 
  • David J. Weller
  • Director, Advanced Systems Directorate (ASD), Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center (AMRDEC)
  • US Army Aviation & Missile Command (AMCOM)
 
 
 
2001
  • Harry Pember
  • RCM Technologies
 
 
  • Myron Michael Kawa, Jr
  • Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
 
 
 
2000
  • George T. Singley, III

Made significant contributions toward furthering the goals of the American Helicopter Society
 
 
  • S. Michael Hudson

Made significant contributions toward furthering the goals of the American Helicopter Society.
 
 
 
1999
  • Marc Sheffler
 
 
  • Motoi Yoshiwaka
 
 
 
1998
  • Gary F. Rast
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

Made significant contributions toward furthering the goals of the American Helicopter Society.
 
 
  • Dr. Andrew Z. Lemnios
  • Renneselaer Polytechnic Institute

Made significant contributions toward furthering the goals of the American Helicopter Society.
 
 
 
1997
  • Webb F. Joiner
  • Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
 
 
  • William J. Snyder
  • NASA Ames Research Center
 
 
 
1996
  • Dr. Jing Yen
 
 
  • Robert D. Powell
 
 
 
1995
  • Robert J. Huston
 
 
  • Gary P. Smith
 
 
 
1994
  • Dean C. Borgman
  • General Manager
  • McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems
 
 
  • Emmett Knight
  • Charter Committee Chairman
  • Boeing
 
 
The technical program crafters- Boeing's Dr. John Shaw and Emmett Knight, included special sessions on "Affordability, ""Virtual Prototyping, " and "Integrated Process Design, " and featured overall more than 120 papers on cutting-edge design and manufacturing issues.
  • Dr. John Shaw
  • AHS Technical Director
  • Boeing
 
 
The technical program crafters- Boeing's Dr. John Shaw and Emmett Knight, included special sessions on "Affordability, ""Virtual Prototyping, " and "Integrated Process Design, " and featured overall more than 120 papers on cutting-edge design and manufacturing issues.
 
1993
  • Dev Banerjee

For making significant contribution towards furthering the goals of the American Helicopter Society.
 
 
  • Allen Schoen

For making significant contribution towards furthering the goals of the American Helicopter Society.
 
 
 
1992
  • Dean E. Cooper
 
 
  • Barnes McCormick
 
 
 
1991
  • Walter G.O. Sonneborn
  • Bell Helicopters
 
 
  • William W. Walls Jr.
  • Boeing Helicopters
 
 
 
1990
  • W. Euan Hooper
  • Boeing Helicopters

For his countless contributions to the Society and the industry in his long, active career.
 
  • Kenneth Rosen
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Div., UTC

For his countless contributions to the Society and the industry in his long, active career.
 
 
1989
  • Julian L. Jenkins Jr.
  • Bell Helicopter Textron
 
 
  • Andrew H. Logan
  • McDonell Douglas Helicopter Company
 
 
 
1988
  • Thomas L. House
 
 
  • Andrew W. Kerr
 
 
 
1987
  • Paolo Bellavita
  • Agusta
 
 
  • William Kuczynski
  • Sikorsky
 
 
 
1986
  • David S. Jenney
 
  • Richard B. Lewis
 
 
1985
  • Kenneth Amer
  • Manager Advanced Analysis and Chief Scientist
  • Hughes Helicopters Inc.

Amer's support of the Society was within the technical realm. He has served five times as session chairman, once as Forum technical chairman, once as the Society's technical director and for three years as a member of the technical council.
 
Amer has authored or coauthored over 30 papers presented at AHS Forums or other technical meetings.
  • Fred Smith
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Kaman Aerospace Corp.

Smith served as the 38th president of the Society, oversaw the hiring of the current executive director and spearheaded the Society's move to Alexandria, VA.
 
 
1984
  • Jack G. Real
  • President
  • Hughes Helicopters

For his work toward the interests of the American Helicopter Society.
 
  • Robert Zincone
  • Executive Vice President
  • Sikorsky

For his work toward the interests of the American Helicopter Society.
 
 
1983
  • William J. Crawford, III
  • Vice President and General Manager
  • General Electric Aircraft Engine Group

For his outstanding contributions and leadership in the development of propulsion system for vertical flight aircraft.
 
During his career at General Electric he has led the development efforts for the GE T58 turboshaft engine, managed the T64 test facilities and led the GE T700 development program.
  • Raymond W. Prouty
  • Hughes Helicopters

For his distinguished career and accomplishments in the area of helicopter and vertical flight aerodynamics.
 
He began his career with Hughes Helicopters in 1952 and has subsequently worked for Sikorsky, Bell and Lockheed, before returning to Hughes in 1973 to participate in the AH-64 Advanced Attack Helicopter Program. His wide range of experiences include preliminary design, performance and flying qualities analysis, wind tunnel testing, airfoils and flight testing.
 
1982
  • James F. Atkins
  • President
  • Bell Helicopter Textron

For the outstanding leadership hehas displayed as president of Bell and as a former president of the American Helicopter Society ( 1974-74).
 
 
  • Wieslaw Z. Stepniewski

In recognition of his outstanding contributions as one of the pioneers of the helicopter and VTOL aircraft.
 
 
1981
  • MG Story C. Stevens
  • Commanding General
  • US Army Aviation Research & Development Command (AVRADCOM)

For his many notable achievements in advancing the state-of-the art of rotary wing aircraft. His efforts have led to the creation and continued success of AVRADCOM.
 
Stevens is the first and only commander of AVRADCOM. His vision and personal efforts led to its establishment in 1977. since that time he had dedicated himself to providing superb top level management to the Army's Aviation, Research & Development program.
  • John B. Wheatley

In recognition of his pioneering achievements in rotary wing development. His initial work at NASA in the early 1930s set the standard and tone for all of NASA's subsequent rotary wing efforts and influenced everyone's thinking in the helicopter field.
 
Following his employment at NASA, Wheatley went to work for Douglas Aircraft where he was in charge of aerodynamics and wind tunnel testing for several aircraft, including the DC-5, B-7, and the A-20. Then he went to Glenn L.Martin where he was chief research engineer and later chief development officer and worked on several aircraft, including the B-26, A-3, and Mars. Durig WWII he moved over to General Motors where he was in charge of the design of the P-75 aircraft. Wheatley retired in 1975, a leader in every field he had entered; the initial rotary wing design in the United States, the development of the hingeless rotor. He is pioneer in every sense of the word.
 
1980
  • Charles C. Crawford Jr.
  • Jr. Director Development and Qualification
  • U.S.Army AVRADCOM

Crawford, demonstrating over twenty years of contributions to the rotary wing industry, was cited for his leadership in building an outstanding Army engineering and flight test organization for aircraft qualification and for his leadership of the Society in carrying through its transition from a struggling organization to the now healthy and vital association it is today.
 
 
  • Franklin D. Harris
  • Manager, Preliminary Design
  • Bell Helicopter Textron

Harris, having over twenty years of contributions to rotary wing engineering, was recognized as a leading authority on aerodynamics and an active and provocative participant in the technical debates of the Society and the industry at large.
 
 
  • Dr. W. Laurence LePage
  • Chairman
  • Franklin Institute

LePage, recognized as a pioneer in rotary wing development, was cited for his lifetime of contributions to the advancement of vertical flight technology.
 
 
 
1979
  • Leon L. Douglas
 
 
  • Evan A. Fradenburgh
 
 
 
1978
  • Jan M. Drees
  • Director of Technology
  • Bell Helicopter Textron

For excellence and persistence in developing helicopter technology including the ramjet helicopter, vibration isolation, flight dynamics, aerodynamics, rotor design, and helicopter testing.
 
  • Dr. Alfred Gessow
  • NASA Headquarters

For outstanding rotary-wing contributions including inspirational teaching and writing, applying computer technology to rotor blade aerodynamics, and leadership in helicopter airfoil development.
 
 
 
1977
  • Edward S. Carter Jr.
  • AHS

Work for the Society over many years won AHS recognition and Honors.
 
 
Now life member.
  • Richard L. Wernecke
  • AHS

Work for the Society over many years won AHS recognition and Honors.
 
 
Now life member.
  • Alfred L. Wolf
  • AHS

Work for the Society over many years won AHS recognition and Honors.
 
 
Now life member.
 
1976
  • Heinrich K. Adenstedt
  • Former Senior Vice President
  • Avco Lycoming
 
 
  • Wayne Wiesner
  • Manager- Civil Helicopters R&D
  • Boeing Vertol Co.
 
 
  • Harry M. Lounsbury
  • Executive Director
  • AHS

For sustained and outstanding service and achievement in furthering the advancement of vertical-lift aircraft throughout his 24 years of leadership as the Society's first employee, first Secretary, and first Executive Director.
 
 
 
1975
  • Harry T. Jensen
  • Vice President Engineering
  • Sikorsky Aircraft

For his pioneering effort in fail-safe criteria for design of fatigue-loaded helicopter structures, and for his leadership in development of the BIM system for inspection of main rotor blades.
 
 
  • Rene Mouille
  • Deputy Director, Helicopter Design
  • Aerospatiale

For the design of the Fenestron fan-in-fin tail rotor system and his continued efforts to improve the technology of our industry.
 
 
 
1974
  • Dr. Richard Carlson
  • Chief
  • Advanced Systems Research Office, AMRDL Headquarters

For his long-term contribution to rotary-wing, development in this country. His work has encompassed flight test, structural analysis and the overall system design for a wide range of helicopters and vertical take-off-aircraft.
 
 
  • Dr. William P. Jones
  • Professor of Aerospace Engineering
  • Texas a & M University

Jones was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the understanding and solution of rotary-wing aero-elasticity and unsteady aerodynamics problems, significant of his status.
 
 
 
1973
  • Robert R. Lynn

For twenty-three years of outstanding helicopter and V/STOL research contributions.
 
 
  • Robert J. Tapscott

For outstanding contributions to helicopter development including research in rotary wing aerodynamics, dynamics and testing.
 
 
 
1972
  • Edward Katzenberger

One of the founders of the Society, who has been responsible in whole or in part for Sikorsky helicopter designs, and whose concepts and innovations have played a major role in the success of rotary-wing aircraft.
 
 
  • Dr. Gerhard Sissingh

For his early recognition of problems inherent in the rotor mechanisms of helicopters, his pioneering and successful solutions to rotor operation, and for these significant contributions to helicopter flight over a period of more than 30 years.
 
 
 
1971
  • Charles W. Ellis

For sustained and outstanding service and achievement in furthering the advancement of rotary wing aircraft while employed by Kaman Aircraft and now by Boeing Vertol as Director of Technology for the Vertol Division. He is a past Technical Director of the American Helicopter Society and has served the Society faithfully over many years.
 
 
  • Charles L. Morris

For his incomparable record of contributions to the development of rotary wing flight. A founder of the A.H.S., its second president, the first commercially licensed rotary wing pilot and instructor, he completed the first autorotation, and taught the first Twirly Birds to fly.
 
 
  • Hans Weichsel, Jr.

For early flight test work at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, Inc. and for his continued efforts in promoting the use of helicopters and for his many contributions to the work of the American Helicopter Society.
 
 
 
1970
  • Bernard Lindenbaum
  • Deputy for Studies and Analyses in V/STOL Technology Division of the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory
  • USAF

For notable and meritorious service in the advancement of rotary wing aeronautics during his more than 25 years of service as a civilian employee of the Air Force and his contributions to the technical activities of the American Helicopter Society.
 
 
  • Robert A. Wagner
  • Director of Aeronautical Engineering Division Hughes Tool Company, Aircraft Division
  • Hughes Tool Company

For his unselfish devotion to the objectives of the American Helicopter Society and his contributions to the rotary wing art.
 
 
 
1969
  • Harvey Gaylord
  • President, Bell Aerospace Corporation
  • Bell Aerospace Corporation

For outstanding and remarkable achievement in the development of the helicopter industry, and for his fostering of vertical flight philosophy at the highest levels of American business.
 
 
  • Dr. Henry R. Velkoff
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Dept., Ohio State University
  • Ohio State University

For continuous contributions to helicopter and VTOL technology including planning of governmental research programs and important work in the related field of higher education.
 
 
 
1968
  • Dr. James A.J. Bennett
  • Assistant Superintendent, College of Aeronautics, Cranfield, Bedford, England
  • College of Aeronautics

For his pioneering and continuing scientific efforts directed toward the advancement of vertical lift aircraft, and for his leadership in education in this field
 
 
  • Charles M. Seibel
  • Chief Experimental Project Engineer, Bell Helicopter Company
  • Bell Helicopter Company

For his many inventive contributions to helicopter design and development.
 
 
 
1967
  • Woodrow L. Cook
  • Assistant Chief Full-Scale and Systems Research Div., Ames Research Center, NASA
  • NASA
 
 
  • Ralph B. Lightfoot
  • Engineering Manager Sikorsky Aircraft Division, United Aircraft Corporation
  • United Aircraft Corporation
 
 
 
1966
  • Dr. Robert G. Loewy
  • Chief Scientist United States Air Force
  • USAF

For serving the Society in variety of capacities.
 
  • John P. Reeder
  • Assistant Chief Flight Mechanics and Technology Division, Langley Research Center National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • NASA

For serving the Society in variety of capacities.
 
 
1965
  • Charles W. Kuehne
  • Deputy for Systems Management, Headquarters, Aeronautical Systems Division (ASZT) Air Force Systems Command
  • USAF
 
  • Herbert M. Toomey
  • Project Manager, Project Management Staff-FS-103, Engineering and Manufacturing Division, Flight Standards Service, Federal Aviation Agency
  • FAA
 
 
1964
  • Ralph P. Alex
  • Chief, Research & Development Sales Application, Sikorsky Aircraft Division, United Aircraft Corporation
  • United Aircraft Corporation
 
  • Joseph Mashman
  • Assistant Vice President, Bell Helicopter Company
  • Bell Helicopter Company
 
 
1963
  • Michael E. Gluhareff
  • Engineering Consultant, Sikorsky Aircraft Division, United Aircraft Corp.
  • United Aircraft Corporation
 
  • Robert Strange
  • Rotary Wing Flight Test, Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Md.
  • Naval Air Test Center
 
 
1962
  • LTG Hamilton H. Howze, US
  • Commanding Officer, 18th Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • US Army Air Corps
 
 
  • Don Ryan Mockler
  • Director, Vertical Lift Aircraft Council, Aerospace Industries Association
  • Aerospace Industries Association
 
 
 
1961
  • Bartram Kelley
  • Vice President - Engineering, Bell Helicopter Co.
  • Bell Helicopter Company
 
 
  • Clarence W. Moore
  • Executive Vice President, Chicago Helicopter Airways, Inc.
  • Chicago Helicopter Airways, Inc.
 
 
 
1960
  • John O. Emmerson
  • Vice-President - Engineering, The Kaman Aircraft Corporation
  • The Kaman Aircraft Corporation
 
 
  • Igor I. Sikorsky
  • Chief Aerodynamicist, Sikorsky Aircraft Division
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Division
 
 
 
1959
  • Carlyle C. Agar
  • Vice President-Research & Training, Okanagan Helicopters, Ltd.
  • Okanagan Helicopters, Ltd.
 
 
  • BG William B. Bunker
  • Commanding General, Transportation Supply and Maintenance Command
  • US Army
 
 
 
1958
  • Rene H. Miller
  • Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 
 
  • COL Robert Williams
  • President, US Army Aviation Board, Fort Rucker, Alabama
  • US Army
 
 
 
1957
  • Jean Ross Howard
  • Assistant to the Director, Helicopter Council, Aircraft Industries Assn.
  • Aircraft Industries Assn.
 
 
  • S. Paul Johnston
  • Director, Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences
  • Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences
 
 
 
1956
  • Jackson E. Beighle
  • Sales Mgr., Sikorsky Aircraft Division
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Division
 
 
  • Friedrich L. Von Doblhoff
  • Helicopter Chief Eng., McDonnell Aircraft Corporation
  • McDonnell Aircraft Corporation
 
 
 
1955
  • Anton Flettner
  • President, Flettner Aircraft Corporation
  • Flettner Aircraft Corporation
 
 
  • CMDR William G. Knapp, USN
  • Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department
  • US Navy
 
 
 
1954
  • Floyd Carlson
  • Chief Test Pilot, Helicopter Division, Bell Aircraft Corporation
  • Bell Aircraft Corporation
 
 
  • Ferdinand D. Moran
  • Civil Aeronautics Board Examiner
  • Civil Aeronautics Board
 
 
 
1953
  • Kurt H. Hohenemser
  • Chief of Aerodynamics, Helicopter Division, McDonnell Aircraft Corporation
  • McDonnell Aircraft Corporation
 
 
  • Dimitry D. Viner
  • Chief Test Pilot, Sikorsky Aircraft Division, United Aircraft Corporation
  • United Aircraft Corporation
 
 
 
1952
  • Lawrence D. Bell
  • President, Bell Aircraft Corporation
  • Bell Aircraft Corporation
 
 
  • Bernard L. Whelan
  • General Manager, Sikorsky Aircraft Div., United Aircraft Corp.
  • United Aircraft Corporation
 
 
 
1951
  • BG Clayton C. Jerome
  • Director of Aviation and Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps for Air
  • US Marine Corps
 
 
 
1950
  • Stanley Hiller, Jr.
 
 
  • Charles H. Kaman
 
 
 
1949
  • L. Welch Pogue
 
 
  • Clarence H. Belinn
 
 
 
1948
  • Boris P. Labensky
 
 
 
1947
  • Frank Piasecki
  • Founder, Chairman
  • Piasecki Helicopter Corp.

Outstanding contributions to the field of helicopter development for the year of 1945-1946.
 
 
 
1946
  • Dr. Alexander Klemin
  • Director/Dean (1925-45)
  • Guggenheim School of Aeronautics at New York University's College of Engineering

Outstanding contributions to the field of helicopter development through consulation and education.
 
 
 
1945
  • Frank Erickson, Commander
  • US Coast Guard
 
 
  • Arthur M. Young
  • Bell Aircraft Corp.
 
 
 
1944
  • Igor I. Sikorsky
  • Engineering Manager
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
 
 
  • H. Franklin Gregory, Colonel
  • US Army Air Corps