Camera, Aerial, Fairchild K-3A, 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 K-3A, U.S. Navy

Collection Item Summary:

Sherman Fairchild developed the high-quality K-3 camera with its between-the-lens shutter that minimized distortion. The camera set the technical standard for commercial and military mapping and for vertical and oblique photography in the 1920s and '30s. The K-3A had a Veeder automatic instrument data recorder that imprinted information directly onto the film. The popular K-3B could use six different length lenses but lacked the data recorder.

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Physical Description

Has film mag.attached;also rear cover plate & 2 filters in box. Has a f-5.0, 12in. aerostigmat lens #ec 654.

Credit Line

Transferred from the U.S. Navy

Country of Origin

United States of America


3-D: 33 x 50.8 x 30.5cm (13 x 20 x 12 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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