Camera, Aerial, F-1


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

The F-1 is a rapid action, semi-automatic camera used for oblique photography and intelligence purposes. It is hand-held and the film is drawn into position by rotating the right hand grip. The camera was often used for high altitude photography of military installations and bombing practices.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Transferred from the U.S. Navy


stainless,white metal, glass, wood, brass


3-D: 55.9 x 29.2 x 21.6cm, 83.5kg (22 x 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 in., 184lb.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

  • Tapered box with 2 handles, lens and sight.
  • Negative film size 13 x 18cm
  • Focal length of lens 50cm



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