About AEHS

The Aircraft Engine Historical Society, Inc. was organized in July of 2001 by a small group interested in preserving the rich history of all engines used in aerial propulsion, including rocket engines. The organizers hoped to achieve this goal by bringing together aircraft engine authors, collectors, operators, researchers and enthusiasts within a single non-profit organization. Since that time, the AEHS quarterly journal, Torque Meter, has been read by tens of thousands, and the AEHS web site has been visited by millions of people from around the world. Publication of Torque Meter was abandoned at the end of 2008 in favor of an all-web presence.

The AEHS is a thriving organization that finished 2018 with 1,071 members. It receives ALL of its funding from memberships, sale of Torque Meter back issues and donations. There is NO advertising. Over 154 articles and features were added to the AEHS web site during 2018. A list of these appears near the bottom of the AEHS Home page. As of 31 Dec 2018 the AEHS web site consisted of over 2,905 pages and over 22,241 images.

Due to declining attendance, the annual AEHS Convention was abandoned after 2018 .

The AEHS is heavily involved in the identification and cataloging of new source material on the history of aircraft engine development, manufacture and use. It has been responsible for the creation of two important on-line catalogs:

The AEHS Document Collection is a unique source of information for researchers and enthusiasts. Cataloging of this collection continues as new document donations arrive. A total of 147 artifacts were added to the AEHS Document Collection during 2018. The Document Collection catalog had 2,663 citations at the end of 2018. Many artifacts are digitized and made available via the AEHS web site.

The USAF Engineering Division Catalog of Records at the US National Archives II provided the first (and still the best, sorry NARA) on-line searchable database of these important historical records. The Engineering Division was responsible for aircraft and engine development for the US Air Force, and this collection covers the period from 1918 to 1960. The AEHS has copies of some Powerplant Laboratory, Propeller Laboratory, and Flight Test Division microfilmed memorandum reports; these are available for sale. Please e-mail the webmaster for details. The USAF Engineering Division catalog had 102,136 citations at the end of 2018.

The AEHS strives to:

All these activities foster the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts, and establish a clearinghouse for obtaining information. Whether you are a researcher, an engine restorer, or an enthusiast, AEHS Membership is an invaluable asset.

This corporation is organized exclusively for one or more of the non-profit purposes as specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.


How to contact the AEHS

Aircraft Engine Historical Society, Inc.

Telephone: (256) 683-1458    (Please note that the voice mail associated with this line is rarely checked, whereas the email addresses below are checked several times each day. If you want to get in touch rapidly, please email.)



Tom Fey
Kimble D. McCutcheon
Paul Palmgren
Alex Pong
Gary Van Farowe
Tony Ward
Daniel D. Whitney


  President:  Kimble D. McCutcheon
  Vice-President:  Daniel D. Whitney
  Secretary:  James O. Howell
  Treasurer:  Paul L. Jacobs

If you need additional information on the Society, email any of the above.

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