Anthony W. (Tony) LeVier Inducted Into IAC Hall of Fame
Tony LeVier, who chalked up more than 10,000 flying hours in 260 different airplanes, was a flight instructor, charter pilot, barnstormer, airline pilot, air racer, and premier test pilot.
Tony described the turning point in his professional life as when he joined Lockheed in 1941. In 1942 he flew production test flights in the P-38 Lightning and toured fighter bases in Britain, demonstrating flying techniques for U.S. pilots. He made first flights in 11 Lockheed aircraft including the U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance airplane. In 1955 he was named the director of flying operations at Lockheed Martin.
Tony’s air racing career began in 1932 flying a Wallace Touroplane; he continued racing until 1947, winning the Greve Trophy Race at the Cleveland National Air Races in 1938 flying the Schoenfeldt Firecracker. Tony also wrote many articles for aviation publications and had numerous aviation inventions. He passed away in 1998.
Mr. Levier will be featured in the January issue of Sport Aerobatics.