Roche, Jean Alfred

Birth: Royan, France, Aug. 12, 1894; son of Raphael F. and Anna Roche;

Education: Columbia University Master Engineer; Sigma XI;

Aviation Business Record:

    • Designer Huntington Aircraft Company, Garden City, L.I., 1915;
    • Designer Polson Iron Works, Toronto, Canada 1916;
    • Assistant Chief Engineer, Standard Airplane Co., Plainfield, N.J. 1916 - 1917;
    • Chief of Airplane Design & Technical Advisor to the Materiel Division of Air Corps, U.S. Army, 1917 to retirement (1960).
    • Head Aeronautical Engineer and Technical Advisor, U.S. Army Air Forces Materiel Command, N.A.C.A. advisor, Langley Field, Virginia:

    • Worked during war in liaison between the Air Force Contractors, the Materiel Command and the NACA Labs at Langley Field, continuing in this position until retirement. Design of numerous military and commercial airplanes, including the Aeronca C-3, the first light airplane in the U.S. to be placed in production;


  • Twenty inventions patented, covering construction features of airplanes;

Scope of work:

Research work and confidential reports on spinning, flutter, engine designs etc., gliding theory, improvements to airplane propellers and various aeronautical tools and instruments.


  • Numerous articles in scientific and technical journals;

Other Activities:

  • President, Aeronautical Corporation of America;
  • Charter member Institute of Aeronautical Science.


  • Who's Who in Aviation 1957

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