Retired Air Force Col. Peter Economy, 56, a communications and later a logistics officer, died Thursday at Fairfax Hoapital after a heart attack.

He was commander of a detachment of the Sacramento Air Logistics Center at Norton Air Force Base in California when he retired at the end of March.

Col. Economy and his family then returned to their home in Springfield, Va. He had been stationed here from 1965 to 1969 with the Air Force Department.

Born in Miami, Ariz., he enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

During World War II, Col. Economy was a liaison officer to Brazilian air force cadets training in this country. He held the same job with a Mexican fighter squadron and accompanied it to the Pacific in the latter part of the war.

Col. Economy also accompanied a U.S. squadron to Korea during the conflict there. He later had tours of duty in Vietnam and Thailand before he was sent to Norton AFB in 1974.

He had organized fund-raising projects for the refugee food programs in Korea and school facilities in Mexico. He received a number of awards from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Economy, and two sons, Peter and Keith, all of the home; two brothers, Jim, of Colorado Springs, and George, of Las Vegas, and two sisters, Anne Calderon, of Los Angeles, and Florence Berumen, of Miami, Ariz.