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


Sid Parks, founder of Park Aerial Surveys, built this precision mapping camera to the design specifications of the U.S. Geological Survey. With two wide-angle, 6-inch lenses and synchronized shutters, the camera produced pairs of exposures that overlapped to form stereoscopic photos with minimal distortion. The Twinplex was one of several multiplex cameras developed for precision topographical mapping. A film magazine is to the left.

Gift of Park Aerial Surveys, Inc. Donated by the Rankin Family.

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Camera body: 14 x 22 x 15in., 40lb. (35.6 x 55.9 x 38.1cm, 18.1kg)
Magazine #51: 11 x 12 x 12in., 25lb. (27.9 x 30.5 x 30.5cm, 11.3kg)
Uptake magazine #52: 9 x 12 x 13in., 15lb. (22.9 x 30.5 x 33cm, 6.8kg)

Materials: Cast aluminum with stainless steel trim

Physical Description:Twin-lens design with only one lens (Aerotar 8 1/4" f:6.8); twin lens caps with leather straps. One film magazine, with handle and shutter trip, and one uptake spool magazine and turn knob.

Inventory number: A20020258000

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