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First Looks

Before the development of practical aircraft photography, aerial views of the Earth were obtained in many different ways. Our first looks at the Earth from above came from kites, rockets, balloons, and even pigeons.

  • City Portraits
  • Kites
  • Rockets
  • Pigeons
  • Balloons


Up,Up, and Away

From their early beginnings, balloons soon soared to great heights. They became useful tools in the fields of art, science, and reconnaissance.

  • Moby Dick Reconnaissance Balloon
  • Explorer II High Altitude Balloon

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