Howard Levy, 88, of Freehold, N.J., one of the nation’s outstanding aviation photographers and a frequent contributor to General Aviation News, died Friday, Jan. 29, at home.
According to an obituary in the Asbury Park Press, Levy took his first airplane photograph at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn in 1936 when he was just 15. He sold his first picture a year later. Since then, his work has appeared in dozens of publications in the U.S., England, France, Italy and Germany. Among the tens of thousands of photos he took were pictures of many one-of-a-kind aircraft. In 2003, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Symposium of Photographers. In 2005, the staff of Kitplanes presented him with a Silver Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award. The American Helicopter Society presented him with their Gold Circle Award in 2005.
He was a founding member of the American Aviation Historical Society in 1956 and was 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.
Howard is predeceased by his wife, Shirley, who died in 1994; and daughter, Janice Daniel. Howard is survived by his son-in-law, David Daniel of Englishtown; and two grandsons, Matthew and Benjamin.