Steven Whitby grew up in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, as well as Hemet, California, where he graduated from high school in 1967. After two years at a community college getting an associate degree in general education he started a career with a water municipality, eventually running the AutoCAD engineering dept. and retiring after almost forty years. Since 1993, because of his keen interest in aviation and photography, he did part time work for the US Forest Service as a photographer shooting stills and video out of their air attack aircraft over wildland fires until 1997, when he took the full training to get his red card as a certified USFS firefighter in order to shoot photographs on the ground during fires. Currently he? a photographer for the Phos-Chek Corporation, a manufacturer of the retardant dropped on wild fires by firefighting aircraft. He has also written articles for aviation magazines concerning World War II aviation, as well as firefighting aircraft dating back to the 1960s.

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