Donald C. Downie

Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame
Enshrined 2006

A full-time writer and photographer in the aviation field since before WWII, Donald Downie was one of the most senior writers in the business. His first published photograph and caption was of a Fokker four-engine transport in 1934 in “Popular Aviation Magazine.”

Downie made significant contributions in aviation writing and photography, with an emphasis on the Southwest. Downie received top honors in the first INDUSTRIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine film competition (1962) for a documentary he produced entitled, “The Other Side of the Mountain.”

Downie has been featured in numerous magazines, books, and newspapers since 1938. Downie’s latest book, “Flying the Hump,” released by Motorbooks in 1995, is a WWII memorabilia book in coffee-table format.

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