Kodak A-2, Aerial, Camera


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 Kodak A-2 hand-held aerial camera is displayed with the deHavilland DH-4 aircraft as it was used by the United States Army Air Service in World War I to take oblique photos over the side of an open-cockpit aircraft. The camera has two 4x5 plate magazines, "iron sights" and strap. Model A2 was used by USAAS in World War I; the A1 was used by the Navy (see A19830030000) .

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Physical Description

Hand-held, olive-drab painted metal camera with wooden handles.


Country of Origin

United States of America


wood, brass, painted tin or steel, leather


  • Overall: 7 x 17in. (17.8 x 43.2cm)
  • 3-D: 43.2 × 17.8 × 19.7cm (17 × 7 × 7 3/4 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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