Camera, Aerial, Vought Strip Reconnaissance, Solar Aircraft, 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, Vought Strip Reconnaissance, Solar Aircraft, U.S. Navy

Collection Item Summary:

In this type of camera, continuously moving film matched the aircraft's speed, a technique that resulted in a more precise image at low altitude or high speed. Col. George Goddard of the Army Air Corps pioneered the concept and asked the Russell Vought Division of the Solar Aircraft Company to build prototypes. The Navy tested the Vought camera first. It has a 3½-inch stereo lens (displayed behind the camera) and a 6-inch single metrogon (90-degree, wide-angle) lens. The camera control unit for the 6-inch lens adjusts exposures according to speed and altitude.

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Physical Description

20 x 14 x 17in.; 24v; Single lens, metrogon f:6.3; focal length 6in. (153.4mm) and Bausch & Lomb 3 1/2 in. stereo lens (wide angle velo stigmat, 90mm) . 2camera controls,camera face & elect. cable in box

Credit Line

Transferred from the U.S. Navy


Country of Origin

United States of America


  • 3-D: 20 x 14 x 17cm (7 7/8 x 5 1/2 x 6 11/16 in.)
  • 3-D (Control Boxes): 15.5 x 9 x 17.5cm (6 1/8 x 3 9/16 x 6 7/8 in.)
  • 3-D (Stereo Lens): 35.5 x 7.5 x 37cm (14 x 2 15/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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