EAA Mourns Loss Of Ed Marquart
July 6, 2007 — Edwin E. ?Ed? Marquart, a prominent figure of the early homebuilt movement and EAA Chapter One, died peacefully of natural causes early Wednesday morning, July 4, at the age of 85. Ed worked at historic Flabob Airport, Riverside, California, from 1955 until two weeks ago. Nearly 500 plan sets of his most popular design, the MA-5 Charger biplane, were sold. Ed was EAA Member #198.
EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny said Ed Marquart was one of the important people who made Flabob such an important location for the homebuilt movement, especially in EAA?s early years.
?Like so many of the fellows at the beginning of our organization, Ed liked the idea of forming EAA and what it had to offer, and he contributed a lot to the movement,? he said. ?People are still building his airplanes, scratch-built rather than assembly. Back in Riverside, he and Ray Stits and all those fellows at the airport created a hotbed of homebuilding as a result of the EAA.
?That group contributed a great deal to support my beliefs of putting hand and mind to work and being creative. They set a standard for homebuilders for the quality of designs and airplanes.?
EAA President Tom Poberezny spoke on behalf of the organization, stating, ?We are truly saddened by the passing of one of our early members.?
Read Ed Marquart?s full obituary on the EAA Chapter One website.