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Sherman M. Fairchild’s 1922 K-3B aerial film camera featured a between-the-lens shutter that produced precision photography for vertical and oblique missions. This first practical aerial camera became the industry standard for military, goverment and commercial use as it minimized distortion and accepted six different focal length lenses.

The Fairchild line of aerial cameras led to aircraft production and a prestigious international aerial survey company.

Display Status This object is on display in the Thomas W. Haas We All Fly at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC Thomas W. Haas We All Fly
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type EQUIPMENT-Photographic Manufacturer Fairchild Aerial Camera Corp. 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. Dimensions 3-D: 30.5 x 39.4 x 43.2cm (12 x 15 1/2 x 17 in.)
Materials stainless, white metal, glass, lens
Inventory Number A19710955000 Credit Line Transferred from the U.S. Navy Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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