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:

This collection consists of 442 copy photographs including color dye coupler photo transparencies and silver gelatin photo-negatives which document U.S. Navy aircraft and aviation activities during World War II. They include aerial combat, aircraft carrier landings and takeoffs, bombings, explosions, flights, and signal exchanges. Aircraft shown include a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, Douglas SBD Dauntless, and Grumman F6F Hellcat. There are photographs of aircraft carriers including details of bridges and flight decks, as well as images of ships in dry dock, a task force, and one image of Pearl Harbor in 1944.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Air warfare
  • Aircraft carriers
  • Aeronautics
  • Aeronautics, Military
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations
  • Aerial photography
  • Curtiss SB2C Helldiver Family
  • Douglas SBD Dauntless Family
  • Grumman F6F Hellcat Family

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access


Steichen, Edward 1879-1973


  • Steichen, Edward 1879-1973
  • United States Army American Expeditionary Forces
  • United States Navy Naval Photographic Institute
  • United States Navy
  • United States Navy Aviation

Physical description

0.23 cubic feet (1 legal document box)


  • 1941
  • 1941-1945


  • The original negatives to this collection are housed at the National Archives.
  • Edward J. Steichen (1879-1973) was a prominent photographer during both World War I and World War II. During World War I he commanded the photographic division of the U.S. Army Expeditionary Forces, where he learned aerial photography. During World War II Steichen served as director of the U.S. Naval Photographic Institute, overseeing all combat photography, and organized the 'Road to Victory' and 'Power in the Pacific' exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). From 1947 to 1962 he directed MOMA's Department of Photography.

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560


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