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Remembering Aviation Photographer Howard Levy

Howard Levy
Photo by Glenn Stott

February 4, 2010Accomplished aviation photographer Howard Levy, EAA 13730, died at his home in Freehold, New Jersey, on January 29. He was 88. He took his first airplane photograph at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, not far from his home in 1936 at age 15 and sold his first picture the next year.

His work has appeared in numerous publications, including EAA’s Sport Aviation and Sport Pilot-Light Sport Aircraft; Smithsonian Magazine; Look; AOPA Pilot; Private Pilot; Kitplanes; Pro-Pilot; Janes; and Air Progress; as well as a number of European magazines.

Levy was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Symposium of Photographers in 2003. He was a founding member of the American Aviation Historical Society in 1956 and a founding member of the Aviation/Space Writers Association. Levy served in the Air Corps as a photographer in World War II in Africa, Sicily and Italy.

He remained active, shooting pictures at EAA AirVenture last summer, and regularly attended monthly meetings at his EAA Chapter 315.

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