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Washington, DC, Aerial Photography Collection

Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
bulk 1922
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 45 black and white photographs, mostly 6.5 by 8.5 inches or 9 by 11 inches. Most of the photographs are aerial shots of the Washington, DC, area from 1922, including the following sites: Washington Monument (with aircraft exhibited about base); White House; Lincoln Memorial; United States Capitol; Union Station; Mount Vernon; Arlington Cemetery (showing Tomb of the Unknown Soldier); Pan American Building; National Museum Building (now National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian); United States Naval Observatory; and Army War College. Aircraft included are as follows: Martin (Glenn L.) MB-2; Curtiss N-9; and the Curtiss HS-1L. There are also two shots of a gentleman who may be the photographer, as well as a retouched image of a woman in a flying helmet. Many of the photographs are labeled with what appears to be the name of the photographer, H. C. Robinson.
Provenance:
Emmett Apffel, Gift, 1212
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aerial photography  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Curtiss HS-1L  Search this
Curtiss N-9  Search this
Martin (Glenn L.) MB-2  Search this
Citation:
Washington, DC, Aerial Photography Collection, Accession 2013-0015, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2013.0015
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2013-0015
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Photography, Methods & Techniques, Aerial, Kites, Eddy (William A.) Kites (1897); Young, Edward Herbert

Extent:
1 Photographic Print
Container:
Folder 1, Item 5
Type:
Archival materials
Photos
Photographic Prints
Date:
September 1897
Scope and Contents:
Compliments of William A. Eddy for Edward Herbert Young, who helped him take mid air kite photographs in September 1897. This is the roof from which the kites were sent out, taken from a camera sustained in mid air by Eddy Kites. Oblique aerial photograph taken somewhere on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.; Eddy and Young can be seen standing on top of the building at left, with several kites laid flat on the roof around them.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Aerial photography  Search this
Kites  Search this
Collection Citation:
Kite Aerial Photography [William Eddy], Acc. XXXX-0752, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0752, Item NASM 00181712
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Kite Aerial Photography [William Eddy]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0752-ref6

Photography, Methods & Techniques, Aerial, Kites, Eddy (William A.) Kites (1897); Young, Edward Herbert

Extent:
1 Photographic Print
Container:
Folder 1, Item 6
Type:
Archival materials
Photos
Photographic Prints
Date:
September 1897
Scope and Contents:
Compliments of William A. Eddy to Mr. Edward Herbert Young, who helped him to take this mid air kite photograph in Sept. 1897. Taken from a camera sustained in mid air by nine Eddy Kites in tandem. (Signed) William A. Eddy. Oblique aerial photograph of Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., from a point over the south side of the US Capitol Grounds looking roughly northwest over the south end of the United States Capitol building (east facade at right).
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Aerial photography  Search this
Kites  Search this
Collection Citation:
Kite Aerial Photography [William Eddy], Acc. XXXX-0752, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0752, Item NASM 00181713
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Kite Aerial Photography [William Eddy]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0752-ref7

Photography, Methods & Techniques, Aerial, Kites, Eddy (William A.) Kites (1897); Young, Edward Herbert

Extent:
1 Photographic Print
Container:
Folder 1, Item 7
Type:
Archival materials
Photos
Photographic Prints
Date:
September 1897
Scope and Contents:
Compliments of William A. Eddy to Mr. Edward Herbert Young, who helped him to take this mid air photograph from a tandem line of nine Eddy Kites in September 1897. Oblique aerial photograph of Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., from a point over the south side of the US Capitol Grounds looking north; the east facade of the United States Capitol building is seen at left, with North Capitol Street extending toward the center horizon in the background.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Aerial photography  Search this
Kites  Search this
Collection Citation:
Kite Aerial Photography [William Eddy], Acc. XXXX-0752, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0752, Item NASM 00181714
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Kite Aerial Photography [William Eddy]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0752-ref8

John A. Meyer World War II Diaries

Creator:
Meyer, John A.  Search this
Names:
Meyer, John A.  Search this
Extent:
0.23 Cubic feet (1 slim legal document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Diaries
Date:
1941-1944
Summary:
This collection consists of John A. Meyer's diaries during World War IIs.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of Meyer's diaries during World War II and a typewritten transcript of those diaries.
Arrangement:
No arrangement.
Biographical / Historical:
John A. Meyer was an aerial photographer in the US Army Air Forces during World War II. He was stationed in Bangor, Maine,and the North Atlantic Air Bases in Newfoundland.
Provenance:
Dr. John A. Meyer, Gift, 1994, NASM.1995.0010
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American -- North Atlantic  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Citation:
John A. Meyer World War II Diaries, NASM.1995.0010, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NASM.1995.0010
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John A. Meyer World War II Diaries
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1995-0010
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Aerial Photographic Reconnaissance (Batchelder) Collection

Creator:
Joint Photographic Reconnaissance Center  Search this
Extent:
9 Cubic Feet ((10 boxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Aerial Photographs
Training manuals -- 20th century
Date:
bulk 1914-1945
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of historical information on aerial photographic reconnaissance, compiled by the donor, Samuel Batchelder. The bulk of the material is publications, including "The Illustrated War News" (World War I), '"Evidence in Camera" (British Air Ministry), and "Enemy Defences" (Mediterranean Allied Photographic Reconnaissance Command). The collection also includes recognition and training manuals for photographic interpretation, aerial photos of the European Theater of Operations, and damage shots of Allied bombing targets.
Biographical / Historical:
Samuel L. Batchelder (1908-1991) was affiliated with the US Army Air Forces Intelligence School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the Joint Photographic Reconnaissance Center in Mendenham, England.
Provenance:
Samuel L. Batchelder, Gift, 1985
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Aerial reconnaissance  Search this
Genre/Form:
Aerial Photographs
Training manuals -- 20th century
Citation:
Aerial Photographic Reconnaissance (Batchelder) Collection, Accession 1986-0005, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1986.0005
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1986-0005

World War II Aerial Reconnaissance Photographs [Hedgpeth]

Creator:
Hedgpeth, James A.  Search this
Names:
Hedgpeth, James A.  Search this
Extent:
0.23 Cubic Feet ((1 slim legal document box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Aerial Photographs
Photographs
Date:
1944
Scope and Contents:
This collection includes 75 photographs of Word War II bombings of France, specifically of Cologne. Aerial reconnaissance photographs make up the majority of the collection, although there are also photographs of a mapping room as well as a few pictures taken on the ground of the bombing damage. This collection also includes two prints of a Lockheed P-38 in flight.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
James A Hedgpeth, Jr., Gift, 1989, 1989-0078, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American -- France  Search this
Aerial reconnaissance  Search this
Photographic reconnaissance systems  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Lockheed P-38 Lightning Family  Search this
Genre/Form:
Aerial Photographs
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.1989.0078
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1989-0078

31st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Smith) Collection

Creator:
Smith, James  Search this
Names:
United States. Army Air Forces. 31st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron  Search this
Smith, James  Search this
Extent:
0.29 Cubic Feet ((1 flatbox))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Publications
Date:
1943-1945
Scope and Contents:
This collection includes the following material gathered by James Smith: photo album containing Smith's handwritten diary, photographs, postcards, currency, and maps; a printed copy of Smith's diary; a song, "Ballad of Thirty First;" and the booklet "The Story of the Thirty First Photo Reconnaissance Squadron."
Biographical / Historical:
The Thirty First Photo Reconnaissance Squadron was activated in August of 1943 and deactivated in November 1945. The Squadron's campaigns included the following: Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; and Central Europe. The Squadron won a Distinguished Unit Citation in 1944. James Smith was an enlisted man for this unit.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Earl F. Miller, gift, 1999, 1999-0018, NASM
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aerial photography  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Publications
Identifier:
NASM.1999.0018
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1999-0018

Major Leland W. Miller Scrapbook

Creator:
Miller, Leland W., 1894-  Search this
Names:
United States. Army. Air Corps. 9th Aero Squadron  Search this
Miller, Leland W., 1894-  Search this
Extent:
0.23 Cubic Feet ((1 flatbox))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Scrapbooks
Date:
1920-1924
Scope and Contents:
This scrapbook contains newspaper clippings relating to Leland Miller's professional accomplishments in the early 1920s, as well as the social activities of his wife and friends.
Biographical / Historical:
Leland W. Miller (1894- ) graduated from George Washington University with a BSE, and from Harvard with a MBA. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1917, and was one of the six flyers to make the first Central American flight from Panama to the Mexican border, making stops in all Central American countries. Miller also gained renown for his expertise in aerial photography and served with the US Army Air Corps, 9th Aero Squadron and, later, as Commanding Officer of the 12th Photographic Section at France Field, Canal Zone. Miller retired from the Air Force as a Brigadier General in 1946, and went on to be Vice President of Finance for Northeast Airlines in 1947, and Vice President of Finance for Convair, 1948-1953.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Marjorie Miller?, transfer, 2000, 2000-0055, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aerial photography  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics -- Records  Search this
Aeronautics -- Central America  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
NASM.2000.0055
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2000-0055

Camp Eagle Photograph [Trochan]

Creator:
Associated Press  Search this
Extent:
0.06 Cubic Feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographic prints
Date:
bulk 1971
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of two copies of a black and white aerial photograph showing Camp Eagle, Phu Bai, Vietnam (base camp for the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division). A large peace sign has been cleared into the countryside near the camp. Some Vietnamese grave sites are also visible. The photograph is an Associated Press photo and was taken on May 8, 1971. Michael Francis Trochan was stationed at Camp Eagle at that time. The prints measure 20 x 30 inches.
Biographical / Historical:
Camp Eagle, Phu Bai, Vietnam was the base camp for the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division (the "Screaming Eagles"). Michael Francis Trochan was stationed there from 1970-1971.
Provenance:
Michael Francis Trochan, Gift, 2014
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Citation:
Camp Eagle Photograph [Trochan], Accession 2014-0040, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2014.0040
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2014-0040

William F. Meggers Aerial Photography Collection

Creator:
Meggers, William F., 1888-1966  Search this
Names:
United States. National Bureau of Standards  Search this
Meggers, William F., 1888-1966  Search this
Extent:
1.34 Cubic Feet ((1 records center box) (1 flatbox))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Aerial Photographs
Scrapbooks
Date:
1918
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of one photograph album and glass plates consisting of aerial photography of Washington D.C., 1918. There are also shots of the pilots and the aircraft.
Biographical / Historical:
Dr. William F. Meggers ( 1888 - 1966) was a noted physicist and spectroscopist at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS). In 1918, Meggers conducted a NBS research project on sensitizing glass plates and the effectiveness of certain aerial cameras. The glass plates were aerial shots of the Washington, D.C. area taken from a Fairchild aircraft. The flights were made from Bolling Field and a field near Port Comfort, Virginia. The results from Meggers' study were published in 'The Journal of the Optical Society of American,' 1920.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
William Meggers, gift, 1967, XXXX-0280, NASM
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aerial photography  Search this
Aerial photography -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Spectrum analysis  Search this
Genre/Form:
Aerial Photographs
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0280
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0280

World War I German Aviation Photographs

Names:
Udet, Ernst, General  Search this
Extent:
0.45 Cubic Feet ((1 box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
bulk 1914-1918
Scope and Contents:
This small collection is comprised of photographs of a large variety of subjects relating to World War I German aviation. Contained herein are images of personalities such as Captain Oswald Boelke and General Ernst Udet, images of aircraft (mostly German) including various models of Fokker, Farman, Nieuport, Vickers and Bristol aircraft and contemporary aerial photography. It should be noted that the collection is entirely in German, including the captions that are written on the reverse of many of the photographs.
Provenance:
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Airplanes -- Germany  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
World War I German Aviation Photographs, Accession XXXX-0590, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0590
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0590

Sherman Fairchild Collection of Aeronautical Photographs

Creator:
Fairchild, Sherman M.  Search this
Extent:
10 Cubic Feet (( ))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
bulk 1900-1945
Scope and Contents:
This collection consisted of 10 cartons of photographs that were at first loaned, and then donated, from the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences (IAS) in 1968 when they were dissolving their library. After the photographs arrived at NASM, they were divided and placed in the Technical Files. As of 2009, 817 images have been identified and cataloged as being from the Sherman Fairchild Collection. The images include shots of balloons, gliders, airships, aircraft, aircraft instruments, engines, uniforms, aerial photographs, and early concepts of flight.
Biographical / Historical:
Sherman Fairchild (1896-1971) had a long and varied aviation career; included in his many contributions to the aerospace field was his work with aerial cameras and his aircraft companies, including Fairchild Industries.
Provenance:
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Gift, 1968
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Balloons  Search this
Gliding and soaring  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Aeronautical instruments  Search this
Airships  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Sherman Fairchild Collection of Aeronautical Photographs, Accession XXXX-0952, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0952
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0952

Aerial Photo Reconnaissance Cycle for the 47th Infantry Division Booklet

Creator:
United States. Army  Search this
Names:
Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation  Search this
United States. Army  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Booklets
Date:
bulk 1952
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of one 8 by 10 inch photograph of Ivan Becker holding a Fairchild K20 aerial camera in front of a Cessna L-19, and the booklet, "Aerial Photo Reconnaissance cycle for the 47th Infantry Division."
Biographical / Historical:
Ivan Becker (b. 1938) was born in Budapest, Hungary. Orphaned by the Holocaust, he immigrated to the United States in 1946. In 1951, Becker was drafted into the United States Army, where he was trained and worked as an Army photographer for the 47th Infantry Division. Becker was discharged in 1953, and become a successful businessman. In 2007, Becker was appointed by President Bush to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the governing body of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
Provenance:
Ivan Becker, Gift, 2007
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aerial photography  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Booklets
Citation:
Aerial Photo Reconnaissance Cycle for the 47th Infantry Division Booklet, Accession 2008-0005, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2008.0005
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2008-0005

Russell Watson World War I Photo Album

Creator:
Watson, Russell  Search this
Names:
United States. Army. Air Service. 1st Aero Squadron  Search this
Watson, Russell  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Cubic feet (1 flatbox)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Aerial Photographs
Guidebooks
Postcards
Photographs
Date:
1917-1919
Summary:
This scrapbook contains photographs relating to the 1st Aero Squadron during World War I.
Scope and Contents:
This scrapbook with a brown suede cover contains photographs relating to the 1st Aero Squadron during World War I. The images include the following: aircraft; engines; trucks and equipment; graves; trenches; French buildings and landscapes; 1st Aero personnel; aerial photographs; and airfields. This collection also contains a series of French postcards with images of Strasbourg, Nancy, and Metz. There is also a booklet entitled, 'Paris Monumental Metropolitan,' which is a guidebook to attractions in Paris.
Arrangement:
Photo album, folder of postcards, and booklet.
Biographical / Historical:
Russell Watson was a mechanic for the 1st Aero Squadron during World War I. The 1st Aero Squadron was organized in Texas during March of 1913 and served under Brig. General John J. Pershing during the Mexico Punitive Expedition, 1916. During World War I, the 1st Aero Squadron was part of the 1st Corps Observation Group organized in April 1918, and it accomplished successful photographic missions.
Provenance:
Guy E. Watson, Gift, 1994, NASM.1995.0002
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Aircraft  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Genre/Form:
Aerial Photographs
Guidebooks
Postcards
Photographs
Citation:
Russell Watson World War I Photo Album, NASM.1995.0002, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1995.0002
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1995-0002
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Kite Aerial Photography [William Eddy]

Extent:
0.05 Cubic Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
bulk 1886-1897
Summary:
This collection consists of photographs relating to the work of aerial kite photography pioneer William Abner Eddy (1850 - 1909).
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a cabinet card portrait photograph of William Eddy taken in 1886; three photographs of Eddy kites made by photographer William Snell in a studio at Bayonne, New Jersey, on July 23, 1892 (featuring children Margaret D. Eddy and Henry Wood Shelton); and three 3.5 x 3.5 inch aerial kite photographs of Washington, DC, including two of the Capitol Building, taken in September 1897 by Eddy with the assistance of Edward Herbert Young, an aviation writer and member of the Aero Scientific Club of Washington, DC. Also included in the collection is a round blue cardboard badge, with string, issued to Edward Young for the Aeronautical Trials of the Wright Military Flyer held at Fort Myer, Virginia, in 1908.
Arrangement:
Materials are arranged chronologically within a single folder.
Biographical / Historical:
William Abner Eddy (January 28, 1850 - December 26, 1909) developed the diamond-shaped kite that bears his name and was a pioneer in kite aerial photography. On May 30, 1895, Eddy took the first mid-air kite photograph in the Western Hemisphere, lifting a 9 x 9 cm format camera using a train of his dihedral diamond kites.
Provenance:
Edward Herbert Young, Gift, 1958, XXXX.0752
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Kites  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Citation:
Kite Aerial Photography [William Eddy], Acc. XXXX-0752, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0752
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Kite Aerial Photography [William Eddy]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0752
Additional Online Media:

Fairchild KS-25 High Acuity Camera System Collection

Creator:
Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation  Search this
Names:
Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation  Search this
Baker, James G.  Search this
Extent:
2.18 Cubic Feet ((2 records center boxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Drawings
Photographs
Correspondence
Date:
1956-1967
Scope and Contents:
This collection documents the development and testing of the f/4 achromatic lens system. The material includes test data, photographs, and drawings, as well as correspondence detailing Baker's successful fight to secure a patent on the lens system.
Arrangement:
Arrangement: (by type of material) 1) Contract specifications 2) Purchase orders and receipts 3) Correspondence 4) Patent applications 5) Camera operations manual 6) Performance and environmental tests final report 7) Lens drawings 8) Performance analysis printouts and calculations
Biographical / Historical:
In the mid-1950s the Defense Department requested a system for achieving better quality photographic intelligence using smaller and lighter cameras on high-speed aircraft at high altitudes. In response Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation designed the KS-25 High Acuity Camera System, an integrated camera/lens system using a wide-angle 24' focal length lens capable of producing transparencies with resolutions of 140 lines/mm on a high contrast target or 90 lines/mm on a low contrast target. The lens for the KS-25 was designed by Dr. James G. Baker of Spica, Inc. and represented new optics technology to allow wide-angle viewing at daylight illumination on high speed cameras, yet capable of producing a resolution that was effectively diffraction limited.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Don Welzenbach, gift, 1986, 1986-0028, not NASM
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Fairchild KS-25 High Acuity Camera System  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Photographic reconnaissance systems  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Photographs
Correspondence
Identifier:
NASM.1986.0028
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Fairchild KS-25 High Acuity Camera System Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1986-0028

United States Army Air Corps Newfoundland Films

Creator:
Meyer, John A.  Search this
Names:
United Service Organizations (U.S.)  Search this
United States. Army Air Forces  Search this
United States. Army Air Forces. North Atlantic Air Bases. Newfoundland, Canada  Search this
Meyer, John A.  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Cubic Feet ((3 films) (1 tape))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
1942-1943
Scope and Contents:
John A. Meyer was an aerial photographer in the US Army Air Forces. He was stationed in Bangor, Maine and the North Atlantic Air Bases in Newfoundland, 1942-1943.
Biographical / Historical:
This collection consists of three films and corresponding videotape of footage shot by the donor at Bangor Maine and North Atlantic Air Bases in Newfoundland. The films include footage of base life, USO Shows, and the following aircraft: Douglas A-20, Boeing B-17, Douglas B-18, Consolidated B-24, Douglas C-54, Noorduyn C-64, Piper L-4, and Bell P-39. Most of the flying and aircraft scenes are in color, while the footage of the USO Show and troops at play are in black and white.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
John A. Meyer, Gift, unknown, 1991-0030, NASM
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American -- North Atlantic  Search this
Douglas A-20 Havoc Family  Search this
Douglas B-18 Family  Search this
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Family  Search this
Consolidated B-24 Family  Search this
Noorduyn Norseman Family  Search this
Piper L-4 Family  Search this
Douglas C-54 Skymaster Family  Search this
Bell P-39 Airacobra Family  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Identifier:
NASM.1991.0030
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1991-0030

Nose Art Photography Collection [Serotkin]

Creator:
Serotkin, Robert, 1911-1986  Search this
Names:
United States. Army Air Forces. 1st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron  Search this
Serotkin, Robert, 1911-1986  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic Feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1942-1946
Scope and Contents:
This donation consists of thirty-two images relating to Robert Serotkin and his aircraft nose art drawn during World War II. The following aircraft and nose art are represented: Slave Girl, Boeing B-29; 'Luvablass, Consolidated B-24; Over Loaded, Consolidated B-24; Lucky Strike, Consolidated B-24; Golden Hind, Boeing B-17E; Over Exposed, Boeing F-13A; "Margie's Mad Greek" III, Boeing F-13A; Margie's Mad Greek II, Boeing F-9; Rose, Boeing F-9; Never been tried (a.k.a. B.S.M. Dragon), Boeing B-29; Lady in Waiting, Boeing B-29; and Cherie, Douglas C-47. This collection also contains images of Robert Serotkin, his wife, fellow servicemen and several shots of a Martin P5M Marlin wrecked on a beach.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Serotkin (1911- 1986 ) was a Staff Sergeant with the 1st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, detached, during World War II. Serotkin was an aerial photographer but also painted nose art on various aircraft when the weather was too bad to fly. Serotkin trained in Mississippi and Colorado before he was detached to the Gold Coast (Accra), Morocco, and Egypt. He then returned to the United States for more training in Salina, KS, before his last detachment in Okinawa.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Rita Serotkin, gift, 2000, 2000-0046, NASM
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Martin P5M (P-5) Marlin Family  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes, Military -- Decoration  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.2000.0046
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2000-0046

2nd Observation Unit Photography, Philippines [Tweedy]

Creator:
Tweedy, George M., Major, 1915-2001  Search this
Names:
2nd Observation Unit  Search this
Extent:
0.11 Cubic Feet ((1 shoebox))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Black-and-white negatives
Place:
Philippines
Date:
bulk 1937-1938
Scope and Contents:
This donation consists of 65 negatives taken in 1937 and 1938 by Major Tweedy who was an Aerial Photographer with the 2nd Observation Unit, stationed at Nichols Field, Philippines. Along with images of Nichols Field and officers of the squadrons based there, the following aircraft are featured: Boeing P-12 (Model 102), Boeing P-26, Thomas-Morse O-19C, Keystone B-3A and Martin B-10B. The collection also includes an 11-image sequence documenting a parachute dummy test drop at Nichols Field in 1938.
Biographical / Historical:
Major George M. Tweedy (1915-2001) attended San Diego State College before leaving in 1935 to join the Army Air Corps. Tweedy's military career spanned 26 years, and much of it concerned military photography. He was in the Philippines with the 2nd Observation Unit during the 1930s shooting aerial photography, and in 1941 he was in Canada and Alaska providing aerial photographs which were used in the building of the Alcan Highway. During World War II, he was stationed mostly in England with the 409th Bomb Group as a photo officer. After the war, Tweedy was an agent for the Army Counter Intelligence Corps in Alaska and then transferred to the Air Forces Office of Special Investigations. Tweedy was also a photo officer at Fort George Wright before retiring in 1961.
Provenance:
Katheryn Brown, Gift, 2003
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Boeing P-12 (Model 102)  Search this
Boeing P-26  Search this
Thomas-Morse O-19C  Search this
Keystone B-3A  Search this
Martin B-10B  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white negatives
Citation:
2nd Observation Unit Photography, Philippines [Tweedy], 2003-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2003.0047
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2003-0047

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