Bill Larkins, a member of MDPA, was a renowned aviation photographer who first got interested in photography when he got his first Kodak Brownie camera as a child. After graduation from University High School, Bill enrolled in the Civilian Pilot Training Program and learned to fly.
Bill served his country in the United States Army Air Corps and became an authority in aircraft recognition. He returned to Contra Costa County after his discharge from the Air Corps and pursued his passion for aviation history and photography. During this time, Bill was working on his first book. The Ford Story: A Pictorial History of the Ford Tri-Motor 1927-1957. This was followed by US Marine Corps Aircraft 1914-1959 and then US Navy Aircraft 1921-1941. Later books included: US Navy Aircraft 1921-1941/US Marine Corps Aircraft 1914-1959, The Ford Tri-Motor 1926-1992, Battleship and Cruiser Aircraft of the United States Navy 1910-1949 and Surplus WWII U.S. Aircraft. Bill also collaborated with others on several publications.
Bill was an artistic aviation photographer and the MDPA is pleased to honor his work on our website. Many of his photos are shared on his personal website and available for viewing. All you have to do is click on the 'View Bill Larkin's Photos' link to marvel over his aviation photos. Be sure to check out the Photostream, Albums and Group tabs on the website.