Camera, Aerial, Fairchild K-17C


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 K-17C

Collection Item Summary:

Mounted in the belly of a Boeing B-29, this high-altitude, day reconnaissance camera photographed "Project Juno," two atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in June 1946. The camera's optical performance was then evaluated at the National Bureau of Standards for the precise interpretation of the aerial photography. The camera has a 6-inch Bausch and Lomb 90-degree metrogon lens.

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Physical Description

  • Silver painted surface; delco motor attached (part # 5069740).
  • 9 x 9 negative size

Credit Line

Donated by the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey

Country of Origin

United States of America



Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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