Flight Laboratory, Portable


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:

The need for swift acquisition of photointelligence often required immediate film processing on board the reconnaissance plane via this portable flight laboratory. Sometimes speed was so important that photointerpreters went along on the missions to radio in instantaneous analysis of the film developed in flight.

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


Steel, Wood, Light Bulb, Some Electronics, Fabric


3-D: 42.5 x 41.3 x 42.9cm, 36.3kg (16 3/4 x 16 1/4 x 16 7/8 in., 80lb.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

Darkroom for film processing and changing.



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