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Camera, Aerial, Vought Strip Reconnaissance, Solar Aircraft, U.S. Navy

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


In this type of camera, continuously moving film matched the aircraft's speed, a technique that resulted in a more precise image at low altitude or high speed. Col. George Goddard of the Army Air Corps pioneered the concept and asked the Russell Vought Division of the Solar Aircraft Company to build prototypes. The Navy tested the Vought camera first. It has a 3½-inch stereo lens (displayed behind the camera) and a 6-inch single metrogon (90-degree, wide-angle) lens. The camera control unit for the 6-inch lens adjusts exposures according to speed and altitude.

Transferred from United States Department of the Navy

Manufacturer: Solar Aircraft Co.

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: 3-D: 20 x 14 x 17cm (7 7/8 x 5 1/2 x 6 11/16 in.)
3-D (Control Boxes): 15.5 x 9 x 17.5cm (6 1/8 x 3 9/16 x 6 7/8 in.)
3-D (Stereo Lens): 35.5 x 7.5 x 37cm (14 x 2 15/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

Physical Description:20 x 14 x 17in.; 24v; Single lens, metrogon f:6.3; focal length 6in. (153.4mm) and Bausch & Lomb 3 1/2 in. stereo lens (wide angle velo stigmat, 90mm) . 2camera controls,camera face & elect. cable in box

Inventory number: A19710973000

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