Retired Air Force Col. John McKinney Tucker, 75, a meteorologist who served in Australia and New Guinea during World War II and in Washington from 1947 until retiring from active duty in 1959, died Oct. 23 in Arlington Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Arlington.

He was president of the old Atlantic Reproduction and Lithographic Service in Rockville for seven years before retiring a second time in 1968. Since then, he had been a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution and its Air and Space Museum and had written on aviation history.

Col. Tucker was a native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of the University of Maryland. He began his military career with the National Guard. He was an engineer with Gulf Oil in Pennsylvania and a meteorologist with Eastern Airlines in the New York City area before being called to active duty in 1941.

His decorations included the Bronze Star.

He was a member of the Air Force Historical Foundation, the American Aviation Historical Society and the Retired Officers Association. He also was a member of the Arlington Unitarian Church.

His first wife, the former Eloise Howard, died in 1958.

Col. Tucker's survivors include his wife, Geraldine M., of Arlington; three children by his first marriage, Air Force Lt. Col. John M., of Springfield, Charles C., of Arlington, and Valerie Wills of Burke, and three grandchildren.