Ed-Gillespie-Obituary

Ed Gillespie

Gahanna, Ohio

1928 - 2015

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Gillespie Ed Gillespie, 86 of Gahanna, Ohio, a highly accomplished aviator and test pilot of many high performance military and civilian aircraft, took his final flight to heaven with an angel of God flying "right seat", on July 9, 2015. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on July 28, 1928, Ed...

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Lots of good memories from flight test days at good old NAA/Rockwell. I remember lots of your stories. Rest in Peace

I've never met Ed Gillespie but as a fellow former test pilot, I fully appreciate what he has done. My hat is off to Ed and his many accomplishments in this life and I enjoyed the fruits of his labors while gaining 400 combat hours in the OV-10. May his family celebrate his remarkable life and may the Lord give them courage and comfort in their time of grief.

Had the opportunity to meet Ed during my tour at NAVPRO North American Rockwell ('71-'73). Best "stick" I ever knew. He could do it all. I will never forget him and I'm honored to call him "friend".
Capt. Ray Bunton, USN (RET).

We are Jim Quinn's kids and we wanted to say your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Our Dad worked with Ed for many years at NAA and Rockwell. And always spoke very highly of Mr. Gillespie. He will be missed and he is talking up a storm with our Dad about the good old days.

I will always always cherish the memory of the recent "Evening of Aviation History" at Hanger One on June 24 where you joined with us as part of the TAT terminal project. The memories you shared were priceless. You are indeed an icon of American aviation and your contributions will continue to impact us all. Marie Hallion, Shalimar, FL.

Ed Gillespie made many remarkable contributions to American flight testing and flight research, in addition to refining many prototype aircraft that became notable military successes, including the A3J (later RA-5), T-2 Buckeye, and OV-10. He was a profound aviation historian, and largely single-handedly saved the original Transcontinental Air Transport complex at Columbus airport from destruction. God bless you, Ed! It was a pleasure to know you--and generations of airmen are in your debt,...

My old friend! You will be missed. Your many aviation stories will be with me until we meet again. May you be comforted in God's hands, and your family also
Ray Nickles

Thank you Ed.