Camera, Graflex, Model RB, Charles A. Lindbergh


Display Status:

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

Camera, Graflex, Model RB, Charles A. Lindbergh

Collection Item Summary:

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.

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Physical Description

Brown box, with Taylor-Hobson lens; cook anastimat sn#157701,6.5in

Credit Line

Donated by Juan T. Trippe


Country of Origin

United States of America


Metal, Glass, Fabric


  • Overall: 5 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 8in. (14 x 24.1 x 20.3cm)
  • 3-D (lens open, bellows closed): 1 ft. 5 1/4 in. × 6 1/2 in. × 8 3/4 in., 8lb. (43.8 × 16.5 × 22.2cm, 3.6kg)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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