Bazooka Co-Inventor Edward Uhl Dies at 92

An October 31, 2005 handout photo provided by George A. Hatcher Jr. shows Edward Uhl, who helped invent the bazooka during World War II and later led the aerospace company Fairchild Industries Inc. Stepson George Hatcher said Thursday, May 13, 2010 that Uhl died Sunday, May 9, 2010 in Oxford, Md., of complications from a stroke he suffered three years earlier. He was 92. (AP Photo/via George A. Hatcher Jr) AP Photo/George A. Hatcher Jr

Edward Uhl, who helped invent the bazooka during World War II and later led the aerospace company Fairchild Industries Inc., has died. He was 92.

Stepson George Hatcher said Thursday that Uhl died Sunday in Oxford of complications from a stroke he suffered three years earlier.

In 1942, as an Army first lieutenant with an engineering degree, Uhl helped develop a shoulder-fired rocket launcher nicknamed the bazooka because it resembled a tube-shaped musical instrument.

Uhl joined Fairchild as president in 1961. He oversaw its transformation from a military aircraft manufacturer to an aerospace giant before retiring as chairman in 1985.

Fairchild's products included the A-10 Thunderbolt II, an airplane nicknamed the warthog that was used against Iraqi tanks in the first Gulf War.
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