Jean Delemontez, father of the Jodel aircraft family, passes away

A "Bébé Jodel". (Photo Aerofossile2012 (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

A “Bébé Jodel”. (Photo Aerofossile2012 (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

Jean Delemontez passed away on 7 July 2015 aged 97. He was a French air force mechanic during the Battle of France, working on the Morane-Saulnier MS.406. After the war, he went to work with his father-in-law Edouard Joly. The first Jodel (JOly et DELemontez) aircraft flew in 1948: the D-9 “Bébé Jodel” (Baby Jodel).

He later worked with Pierre Robin, and their collaboration gave birth to some of the best French light aircraft: Ambassadeur, Sicile, Sicile Record, DR-253 and later the famous DR-300 and DR-400 series…

Jean Delemontez’s funeral will be held on Friday the 10th of July at 3:00 PM in Saint-Georges des Coteaux, France.

More information (in French) from AeroVFR.

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