Camera, Aerial, Fairchild F-1, U.S. Navy


Display Status:

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

Camera, Aerial, Fairchild F-1, U.S. Navy

Collection Item Summary:

This rapid-action, moderately priced automatic camera was used for oblique spotting photography by commercial and military photographers. It used three different length lenses. On the lens is a yellow filter; also displayed are a red filter, film magazine, and empty roller.

Collection Item Long Description:

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Physical Description

17 x 11 x 8in.; with post and crosshair sight; Carl Zeiss Tessar 4-5 lens; 1 filter missing. Backplate, 6 roll film magazines, 2 5x7 cut film magazines, 2 filters;1935

Credit Line

Transferred from the U.S. Navy

Country of Origin

United States of America


  • 3-D: 41 x 31 x 44cm (16 1/8 x 12 3/16 x 17 5/16 in.)
  • Other (Filters): 4 3/16in. (10.7cm)
  • Other (Film Spools): 2 5/8 x 7 3/16in. (6.6 x 18.2cm)
  • Other (Plate Magazines): 10 1/4 x 2 9/16 x 6 5/16in. (26 x 6.5 x 16cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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