Camera, Fairchild K-3B


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:

Sherman M. Fairchild’s 1922 K-3B aerial film camera featured a between-the-lens shutter and became the industry standard with its precision photography for vertical and oblique missions.

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, lens


3-D: 30.5 x 39.4 x 43.2cm (12 x 15 1/2 x 17 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

Black metal with a 8-1/4in. wide angle f.4 lens. It has two spade grips, a sight, four filters and an electric intervalometer.



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