Ide, John (Jay)(1892–1962) aeronautical engineer/administrator; born at Narragansett Pier, R.I. Sent to Europe to represent the new National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) (1921), he connected American and European aeronautical communities for nearly 20 years. He served on the command staff of the U.S. Naval forces (1943–45) and was vice-president of the International Aeronautic Federation (1948–50).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.