Camera, Graflex, Model RB, Charles A. Lindbergh

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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

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Charles and Anne Lindbergh used this camera, a popular model of its day, during archeological surveys of Pueblo ruins in the Southwest and Mayan ruins in Mexico in 1929. Flying a Curtiss D-12 Falcon, the Lindberghs explored and photographed the Canyon de Chelly area in New Mexico and found several Indian ruins hidden from ground view. During the Lindbergh-Carnegie Maya Expedition, they located unknown Mayan ruins in Mexico. Both surveys highlighted the value of aviation and aerial photography to archeological research in remote areas.