Howard Levy, Aviation Photographer, Dead At 88

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Howard Levy, of Freehold, N.J., who died at home last week at age 88, took his first airplane photograph at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, in 1936, when he was just 15 years old. He sold his first picture a year later. Over his long career, his work appeared in the Smithsonian Magazine, AOPA Pilot, Sport Pilot, Private Pilot, Kitplanes, and dozens more. He was a staff editor at Look magazine for 25 years. Among many other awards, the staff of Kitplanes presented him with a Silver Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2005. He was a founding member of the American Aviation Historical Society in 1956 and a founding member of the Aviation/Space Writers Association. He 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 attending local EAA chapter meetings monthly.

Levy is survived by a son-in-law and two grandsons.