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Camera, Aerial, Fairchild K-3A, U.S. Navy

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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Summary

Sherman Fairchild developed the high-quality K-3 camera with its between-the-lens shutter that minimized distortion. The camera set the technical standard for commercial and military mapping and for vertical and oblique photography in the 1920s and '30s. The K-3A had a Veeder automatic instrument data recorder that imprinted information directly onto the film. The popular K-3B could use six different length lenses but lacked the data recorder.

Transferred from United States Department of the Navy

Manufacturer: Fairchild Aerial Camera Corp.

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: 3-D: 33 x 50.8 x 30.5cm (13 x 20 x 12 in.)

Physical Description:Has film mag.attached;also rear cover plate & 2 filters in box. Has a f-5.0, 12in. aerostigmat lens #ec 654.

Inventory number: A19710957000

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