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Ed Replogle - Engineer and Inventor

Ed (Rep) Replogle, an engineer and inventor whose career as a pilot spanned nearly seven decades, died on February 17, 2002 in Buffalo, NY.

Born in 1916 in Columbus, OH, Rep soloed in 1932 in a Gypsy Moth biplane. His soaring career began in a Franklin Utility at a glider club at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1938. His distinguished engineering career included stints with Budd, Kaiser Fleetwing, Bellanca and Bell Aircraft; finishing up as an independent inventor with over 20 patents to his credit.

Rep's record as a competitive soaring pilot included wins the 1-26 (Region 1 1968, 21st Wright Memorial), standard (Region 1 1974, Region 6 South 1988) and 15 meter (Region 4 1983, Region 6 1983) classes. Nonetheless, he is probably best known in soaring circles for his Replogle Barograph, which has sold over 3000 units since its introduction in 1965.

Rep is survived by his wife June, and sons Doug and Ron. To all of them, and to his many friends, we express our deepest sympathy.

Posted: 4/1/2002

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