Retired Air Force Col. James K. Gleoggler, 48, a fighter pilot and aeronautical engineer, died of a brain tumor Friday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Martinsburg, W. Va.

His last assignment before retiring on Aug. 31, 1975, was chief of the engineering program at Cameron Station.

Born in the Philippines, where his father was working as an engineer, he grew up in Denver, Colo. He attended the University of Colorado, but left school in 1950 to enter the Air Force.

Col. Gleoggler saw combat as a fighter pilot in Korea during the conflict there. Later he was on duty in Morocco before returning to the University of Colorado, where he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1956.

He then attended the test pilot school at Edwards Air Force Base in California, was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and graduated from the Command and General Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth.

In 1962, he was assigned to intelligence work at Andrews Air Force Base. He was sent to Panama three years later as commander of the 605th Special Operations Squadron. From there he went to Thailand as an air commander with the 56th Special Operations Wing.

Col. Gleoggler returned here in 1971. He was chief of the plans and sales division of the Air Force Department before his last assignment at Cameron Station.

His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters. the Air-Medal with several Oak Leaf Clusters and the Bronze Star.

He is survived by his wife, Ernestine (Kris), and two daughters, Susan and Joan, all of the home in Springfield, Va., and his mother, Ester K. Gleoggler, of Denver.