He was a passionate aviator, a commercial and test pilot, as well as a flying instructor with more than 10,000 hours of flying time and almost 22,000 landings to his credit. Over his lifetime Heinz flew 81 different types of powered aircraft ranging from Piper Cubs to jet fighters and 39 different glider aircraft models.
But all his life he had one other love besides his flying - fine arts, especially painting in oils. Drawing on his life-long experience of both subjects, Heinz was able to convey true portraits of flight full of romance, action, and drama.
Krebs' originals, limited fine art print editions, and other high quality collector's items are sought after all over the world. Heinz's fine art print editions have been authenticated and further enhanced by the personal signatures of many of the world's most historically significant aviators.
Heinz Krebs died in 2005 after a severe but short illness. He was buried in his hometown of Darmsheim, Germany on August 13th. The moving ceremony was attended by many friends and especially young folks from his local flying club, where he voluntarily worked as a much venerated flying instructor until shortly before his demise. He was 84.